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Calvin Coolidge

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Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Hector Berlioz

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Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

Leonard Bernstein

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To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.

Dann Zinn

Posted by David Ahrens | Filed under Dann Zinn | Apr 27, 2011 | Tags: , , | View Comments

Music lives in contrasts.

Paul Hindemith

Posted by David Ahrens | Filed under Paul Hindemith | Apr 20, 2011 | Tags: , , , | View Comments

People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts.

Leonard Bernstein

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“I’m not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.”

Igor Stravinsky

Posted by David Ahrens | Filed under Igor Stravinsky | Apr 7, 2011 | Tags: , , | View Comments

“I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust.”

Igor Stravinsky

Posted by David Ahrens | Filed under Igor Stravinsky | Apr 7, 2011 | Tags: , | View Comments

“I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.”

Don “Jake” Jacoby

Posted by David Ahrens | Filed under Don "Jake" Jacoby | Apr 4, 2011 | Tags: , , , , | View Comments

“Practice is a time put aside to work, work, work with dedication and commitment to becoming not only a better player but to realize (in time) what we all strive for, AND, that’s to earn the right to someday be called A MUSICIAN. A most royal title, if you please!”

Johannes Brahms

Posted by David Ahrens | Filed under Johannes Brahms | Apr 4, 2011 | Tags: , | View Comments

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind”

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