Brass bands are all very well in their place - outdoors and several miles away.
More Quotes from Thomas Beecham:My father, Beecham confided, came to me one Christmas and said, 'Look, here, my lad, I've been spendin' a lot o' brass on your musical education, and now Ah wants you to help me.' (Every year Beecham's Pills produced a Christmas Carol Annual). 'Now Tom,' continued my father, 'I want you to go through the Annual and alter some of th' verses so as to promote th' business.' Thomas retired to his study and came up with the following Hark the herald angels sing Beecham's Pills are just the thing, Two for a woman one for a child.... Peace on Earth and mercy mild These sentiments, Beecham related, especially the ellipsis, seem to me admirably to express the rapture which is occasioned by a good effortless release.
Composers should write tunes that chauffeurs and errand boys can whistle.
'Have you heard any Stockhausen' Beecham was asked. 'No, but I believe I have stepped in some.'
The British like any kind of music so long as it is loud.
No operatic star has yet died soon enough for me.
A musicologist is a person who can read music but can't hear it.
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