broad tradition of Western art music
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- We were working on a long and complex song called ‘The End,’ which is hard-driving jazz played simultaneously with a baroque string quartet. I wanted the hard hitting music to also have a layer of quiet restraint from the classical music. To me it made complete sense. I thought it was beautiful.
- We consider classical music to be the epitome and quintessence of our culture, because it is that culture’s clearest, most significant gesture and expression. In this music we possess the heritage of classical antiquity and Christianity, a spirit of serenely cheerful and brave piety, a superbly chivalric morality. For in the final analysis every important cultural gesture comes down to a morality, a model for human behavior concentrated into a gesture.
- Nothing conduces so emphatically to the harmony of sounds as perfect classical piano play.