Wagner Quotes,

"Wagner is the Puccini of music." J B Morton. IMG
"Wagner festival was [Adolf Hitler] time with the Wagner family. [Eva Braun] asked once to attend but he forbade it and that was that, she never asked again." Gretl Braun. IMG
"We've been listening to Wagner, which is so great." Bernadette Peters. IMG
"I dig Strauss and Wagner. Those cats are good." Jimi Hendrix. IMG
"Please write music like Wagner, only louder." Samuel Goldwyn. IMG
"Richard Wagner, a musician who wrote music which is better than it sounds." Richard Wagner. IMG
"For me Wagner is impossible... he talks without ever stopping. One can't just talk all the time." Robert Schumann. IMG
"When you think about a composer you know like Wagner or Pier Boulez or something like that most of the issues a composer is working with are about discreet, notated music that someone else will play." DJ Spooky. IMG
"Western culture is what gave us Mozart, and Da Vinci, and Wagner, and Beethoven." Milo Yiannopoulos. IMG
"Richard Wagner commenting on the music of Ludvig Van Beethoven: He was a Titan, wrestling with the Gods." Ludwig Van Beethoven. IMG
"I love you, Michael Wagner." "Forever?" he asked. "Forever," I said." Judy Blume. IMG
"The music of Wagner imposes mental tortures that only algebra has the right to inflict." Paul Bins, comte de Saint-Victor. IMG
"Everyone says you have to be a specialist, and if you conduct Wagner you cannot conduct Mozart - this is nonsense." Georg Solti. IMG
"Wagner used to read the libretti of his operas to his friends; I am glad I was not there." Ralph Vaughan Williams. IMG
"I don't know if you've ever seen this film called Elite Squad, which, actually Wagner [Moura] is the one narrating that. Jose Padilha, one of creators of our show, that's where the style comes from. It has a heavy narrator. But I thought about it a lot. You [the viewers] have to work for the show, unless you're bilingual. It's a really aggressive type of filming, it's engaging, you've got to read." Boyd Holbrook. IMG
"I think I have a pretty good ear. I mean, even just starting with, like, Austin Powers, where I did young Robert Wagner. People were, like, "How do you imitate Robert Wagner? What does he sound like? What does that even involve?"." Rob Lowe. IMG
"He (Honus Wagner) was the nearest thing to a perfect player no matter where his manager chose to play him." John Mcgraw. IMG
"The way to get a ball past (Honus) Wagner is to hit it eight feet over his head." John Mcgraw. IMG
"As Mark Twain said, 'I love Wagner - if only they'd cut out all that damned singing!'" Edward Abbey. IMG
"...there isn't often anything in Wagner opera that one would call by such a violent name as acting." Mark Twain. IMG
"And my singing, I don't think I could sing Wagner or opera, but I could probably carry a tune. I was in a musical once, but it was never performed." Wallace Shawn. IMG
"I find little in the works of Beethoven, Berlioz, Wagner and others when they are led by a conductor who functions like a windmill." Franz Liszt. IMG
"I am honored to have John Lloyd called the Black Wagner. It is a privilege to have been compared with him." Honus Wagner. IMG
"The late Bill Nye once said, 'I have been told that Wagner's music is better than it sounds." Mark Twain. IMG
"The score is doing a lot of work. It's like Wagner. It's like a yak carrying people." Nico Muhly. IMG
"If one has not heard Wagner at Bayreuth, one has heard nothing! Take lots of handkerchiefs because you will cry a great deal! Also take a sedative because you will be exalted to the point of delirium!" Gabriel Faure. IMG
"Did Wagner really accomplish the first step towards the kitschy 'fetishization' of music that reaches its apogee in classical Hollywood?" Slavoj Zizek. IMG
"Wagner has some great moments, but a lot of miserable half hours." Mark Twain. IMG
"Up to the age of 14 I had not heard a note of anything before 1750, never heard a note of Bach, never heard anything after Wagner, and never heard any real jazz." Steve Reich. IMG
"Art has become more than painting, sculpture or music: art is more than Van Gogh painting a landscape or Wagner composing an opera. The whole of reality itself has become the object of art." Paul Virilio. IMG
"To them belong, not only the truly great statesmen, but all other great reformers as well. Beside Frederick the Great stands Martin Luther as well as Richard Wagner." Adolf Hitler. IMG
"Remember, Those who have the gift of faith are growth-oriented, goal-oriented, optimistic, and confident. - C. Peter Wagner." Phil Pringle. IMG
"yes, Wagner and the storm intermix with the wine as nights like this run up my wrists and up into my head and back down into the gut" Charles Bukowski. IMG
"Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration." Ernest Newman. IMG
"I grew up taking piano lessons and liking Wagner when I was in second grade." Tom Verlaine. IMG
"There's a man in Mobile who remembers that Honus Wagner hit a triple in Pittsburgh 46 years ago. That's baseball." Ernie Harwell. IMG
"One can't judge Wagner's opera Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don't intend to hear it a second time." Gioachino Rossini. IMG
"Wagner has lovely moments but awful quarters of an hour." Gioachino Rossini. IMG
"I like Wagner's music better than anybody's. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without other people hearing what one says." Oscar Wilde. IMG
"Is Wagner a human being at all? Is he not rather a disease? He contaminates everything he touches - he has made music sick." Friedrich Nietzsche. IMG
"I just can't listen to any more Wagner, you know...I'm starting to get the urge to conquer Poland." Woody Allen. IMG
"You have to distinguish between things that seemed odd when they were new but are now quite familiar, such as Ibsen and Wagner, and things that seemed crazy when they were new and seem crazy now, like 'Finnegans Wake' and Picasso." Philip Larkin. IMG
"I am under no illusion that I will ever be the greatest opera composer in the world, with Wagner and Verdi and Strauss before me. I think my work could fit very nicely into musicals, though." Rufus Wainwright. IMG
"I cannot work and listen to Wagner at the same time, nor Mahler, nor Beethoven's late quartets. I enjoy listening to Chopin's piano music when I work." I. M. Pei. IMG
"When I was a kid, I looked at art as a way of blending everything. One of my favorite composers is Wagner - who coined the term "gesamtkunstwerk," or "total art work." That's what was going on in the 19th century, and the 20th century just kept it going." DJ Spooky. IMG
"I hate you, Richard Wagner . . . but I hate you on my knees." Leonard Bernstein. IMG
"I did not care for Wagner. My tastes are more classical. Der Fuhrer had no musical taste and liked Wagner because of the bombastic Teutonic glories." Hans Frank. IMG
"When I'm alone at home, I really prefer to listen to Wagner's orchestral music rather than any vocal music. I find it illuminating not to have to pay attention to voices in the recordings." Kiri Te Kanawa. IMG
"Peter Wagner, my son, just won the Bel-Air Junior Club Championship. Parred the last three holes. One-putts, up and down. Us Wagners don't hit greens. We chip and putt." Jack Wagner. IMG
"I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws." Charles Baudelaire. IMG
"I don't think I was ever particularly mean. I can certainly think of some idiotic exchanges I've had. I was accused of destroying pop music, like Wagner destroyed opera - a guy in Germany started ranting that at me." Elvis Costello. IMG
"If Wagner lived today, he would probably work with film instead of music. He already knew back then that the Great Art Form would include a sort of fourth dimension; it was really film he was talking about." Harmony Korine. IMG
"I wish I could write librettos for the rest of my life. It is the purest of human pleasures, a heavenly hermaphroditism of being both writer and musician. No wonder that selfish beast Wagner kept it all to himself." Sylvia Townsend Warner. IMG
"Ah! My dear friend painting is to us what the music of Berlioz and Wagner was before us - a consolatory art for sore hearts! And yet there are only a few like you and me who feel it!!!" Vincent Van Gogh. IMG
"In Bach, Beethoven and Wagner we admire principally the depth and energy of the human mind; in Mozart, the divine instinct." Edvard Grieg. IMG
"My greatest experiences in the theatre and the most religious experiences in my life - of which going to the opera is one for me - have been with the Romantic composers' repertoire: it's Wagner, it's Strauss, Verdi, Puccini. That era gets me every time." Rufus Wainwright. IMG
"What terrible harm Wagner did by interspersing his pages of genius with harmonic and modulatory outrages to which both young and old are gradually becoming accustomed and which have procreated d'Indy and Richard Strauss." Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. IMG
"Wagner's music is better than it sounds." Mark Twain. IMG
"Science would not be what it is if there had not been a Galileo, a Newton or a Lavoisier, any more than music would be what it is if Bach, Beethoven and Wagner had never lived. The world as we know it is the product of its geniuses-and there may be evil as well as beneficent genius-and to deny that fact, is to stultify all history, whether it be that of the intellectual or the economic world." Norman Robert Campbell. IMG
"I love Italian opera - it's so reckless. Damn Wagner, and his bellowings at Fate and death. Damn Debussy, and his averted face. I like the Italians who run all on impulse, and don't care about their immortal souls, and don't worry about the ultimate." D H Lawrence. IMG


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