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“If any epoch should neglect Bach, it would give evidence of shallowness, stupidity, and spoiled taste.”
   —Chopin

“A symphony is no joke.”
     —Brahms

“I don’t know whether I like it, but it’s what I meant.”
     —Vaughan Williams (on his Symphony No. 4)

“The real task of the conductor consists, in my opinion, in making himself ostensibly quasi-useless.”
     —Liszt

“Procrastination comes first. Then insecurity. Any time left over is devoted exclusively to composing. Oh, and fretting, too.”
     —David Gunn