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
"Western culture is what gave us Mozart, and Da Vinci, and Wagner, and Beethoven." Milo Yiannopoulos. 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
"Richard Wagner, a musician who wrote music which is better than it sounds." Richard Wagner. IMG
"Please write music like Wagner, only louder." Samuel Goldwyn. IMG
"Richard Wagner commenting on the music of Ludvig Van Beethoven: He was a Titan, wrestling with the Gods." Ludwig Van Beethoven. 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 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
"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 love you, Michael Wagner." "Forever?" he asked. "Forever," I said." Judy Blume. 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 score is doing a lot of work. It's like Wagner. It's like a yak carrying people." Nico Muhly. 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
"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
"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
"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
"The late Bill Nye once said, 'I have been told that Wagner's music is better than it sounds." 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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"I hate you, Richard Wagner . . . but I hate you on my knees." Leonard Bernstein. IMG
"I felt, "Oh, film is a great art because I can pull in music and visual imagery, and it has its literary aspects and drama." Film was a sort of Wagnerian synthesis of the arts, as opposed to opera, which Wagner had thought would be. That's another art form that has seen its best days." James Toback. 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
"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 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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Wagner's music is better than it sounds." Mark Twain. 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
"Thankfully, it is getting better for women composers. We now have five women Pulitzer Prize winners in music since 1983: Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Shulamit Ran, Melinda Wagner, Jennifer Higdon, and Caroline Shaw. When Marin Alsop was asked what it felt like to conduct the Last Night of the Proms, she said, "I am exceedingly proud to be 'the first' but I am also a bit shocked that there can still be firsts for women in 2013!"" Barbara Harbach. 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
"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
"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


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