John Philip Sousa Quotes on music

To the average mind popular music would mean compositions vulgarly conceived and commonplace in their treatment. That is absolutely false... view

By: John Philip Sousa

The average music-lover hears only the production under prevailing conditions... view

By: John Philip Sousa

There is much modern music that is better adapted to a wind combination than to a string, although for obvious reasons originally scored for an orchestra. If in such cases the interpretation is equal to the composition the balance of a wind combination is more satisfying... view

By: John Philip Sousa

There is one thing that freezes a musician more than the deadliest physical cold, and that is the spiritual chill of an unresponsive audience!.. view

By: John Philip Sousa

Anybody can write music of a sort. But touching the public heart is quite another thing... view

By: John Philip Sousa

Composers are the only people who can hear good music above bad sounds... view

By: John Philip Sousa

From childhood I was passionately fond of music and wanted to be a musician. I have no recollection of any real desire ever to be anything else... view

By: John Philip Sousa

Grand opera is the most powerful of stage appeals and that almost entirely through the beauty of music... view

By: John Philip Sousa

I can almost always write music.. view

By: John Philip Sousa

I firmly believe that we have more latent musical talent in America than there is in any other country. But to dig it out there must be good music throughout the land, a lot of it. Everyone must hear it, and such a process takes time... view

By: John Philip Sousa

I had found English audiences highly satisfactory. They are the best listeners in the world. Perhaps the music-lovers of some of our larger cities equal the English, but I do not believe they can be surpassed in that respect... view

By: John Philip Sousa