Sep 4, 2018

Quotes on Mozart's 40th Symphony

By Tim Crouch, Senior Marketing Manager

We open our 2018/19 40th anniversary season with Mozart's Symphony no. 40 in Mozart 40. The music of Mozart is always a favourite for our orchestra and choir to perform — here are some of my favourite quotes on the composer and his symphony.

On Symphony no. 40

  • an “appeal to eternity” — Alfred Einstein
  • it possesses “Grecian lightness and grace” — Robert Schumann
  • “a work of passion, violence, and grief” — Charles Rosen

On Mozart

  • “Mozart is the highest, the culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music.” — Tchaikovsky
  • “Does it not seem as if Mozart’s works become fresher and fresher the more often we hear them?” — Robert Schumann
  • “Mozart tapped the source from which all music flows, expressing himself with a spontaneity and refinement and breathtaking rightness.” — Aaron Copland

Quotes by Mozart

  • “I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.”
  • “Melody is the essence of music.”
  • “All I insist on, and nothing else, is that you should show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent, if you choose, but when it is necessary, speak — and speak in such a way that people will remember it.”

 

Mozart
Symphony no. 40
2018/19 Season
Mozart 40