"Whenever [Leonard Bernstein] entered or exited a country he would fill in on his passport form not composer or conductor, but musician. Of course people in the press spent a lot of Lenny's life telling him what he should have done; he should have been a concert pianist, he should have composed more.... And people wouldn't let him live his own life. But he created his own career, in his own image."
"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach youthere's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art."
"The author's conviction on this day of New Year is that music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance; that poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music; but this must not be taken as implying that all good music is dance music or all poetry lyric. Bach and Mozart are never too far from physical movement."
"It is, after all, very interesting that sound can reflect like water, like a mirror. And notice that Vinteuil's phrase only showsme that to which I did not pay attention at the time. Of my worries, of my loves at that time, it does not recall a thing, it has made the exchange."
"As if the musicians did not so much play the little phrase as execute the rites required by it to appear, and they proceeded to the necessary incantations to obtain and prolong for a few instants the miracle of its evocation, Swann, who could no more see the phrase than if it belonged to an ultraviolet world ... Swann felt it as a presence, as a protective goddess and a confidante to his love, who to arrive to him ... had clothed the disguise of this sonorous appearance."