Sir Thomas Beecham

1879 - 1961

A Quote by Sir Thomas Beecham on music

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A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it.

Sir Thomas Beecham (1879 - 1961)

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Beecham on complaints and errors

A soprano in Massenet's Don Quixote complained that she had missed her entry in the aria, "because Mr. Challiapin always dies too soon." "Madam, you must be profoundly in error," said Sir Thomas, "No operatic star has yet died half soon enough for me."

Sir Thomas Beecham (1879 - 1961)

Source: Bertha Geissmar, The Baton and the Jackboot, (1944)

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Beecham on love and music

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The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes.

Sir Thomas Beecham (1879 - 1961)

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Beecham on belief

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"Have you heard any Stockhausen?" Beecham was asked. "No, but I believe I have stepped in some."

Sir Thomas Beecham (1879 - 1961)

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Beecham on mind and music

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Music first and last should sound well, should allure and enchant the ear. Never mind the inner significance.

Sir Thomas Beecham (1879 - 1961)

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Beecham on angels, business, children, christmas, earth, education, fatherhood, good, justice, mercy, music, peace, retirement, study, and women

'My father,' Beecham confided, 'came to me one Christmas and said, "Look, here, my lad, I've been spendin' a lot o' brass on your musical education, and now Ah wants you to help me." (Every year Beecham's Pills produced a Christmas Carol Annual). "Now Tom," continued my father, "I want you to go through the Annual and alter some of th' verses so as to promote th' business."' Thomas retired to his study and came up with the following: Hark! the herald angels sing! Beecham's Pills are just the thing, Two for a woman one for a child. . . . Peace on Earth and mercy mild! 'These sentiments,' Beecham related, 'especially the ellipsis, seem to me admirably to express the rapture which is occasioned by a good effortless release.'

Sir Thomas Beecham (1879 - 1961)

Source: Neville Cardus:Autobiography

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Beecham

Brass bands are all very well in their place - outdoors and several miles away.

Sir Thomas Beecham (1879 - 1961)

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Beecham on difficulty, magic, memory, and music

Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.

Sir Thomas Beecham (1879 - 1961)

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Beecham on kindness and music

The British like any kind of music so long as it is loud.

Sir Thomas Beecham (1879 - 1961)

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