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"I prefer a quartet, it makes everyone work harder." - Adrian Belew

"The Detroit String Quartet played Brahms last night. Brahms lost." - Bennett Cerf

"I would give my best quartet for a good razor," - Joseph Haydn

"My grandfather was in a barbershop quartet and my grandmother was in a gospel quartet with her sisters." - Kevin Richardson

"Reading to kids is to ordinary reading what jazz is to a string quartet." - Sean Wilentz

"A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins." - Laurie Colwin

"Industry, economy, honesty and kindness form a quartet of virtue that will never be improved upon." - Jamie Oliver

"[David] Bowie's last album "Blackstar" featured him backed by a jazz quartet." - David Bowie

"Just as with the quartet, each part of a painting is telling a different story." - Guido Molinari

"Some tracks are with quartet and some tracks are with synthesizer." - Charlie Haden

"Industry, economy, honesty, and kindness form a quartet of virtues that will never be improved upon." - James Oliver

"The most perfect expression of human behavior is a string quartet." - Jeffrey Tate

"A good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other's ideas." - Stan Getz

"I love working with the quartet. I have more freedom and flexibility." - Boz Scaggs

"How could a New Yorker possibly take something called the Hollywood String Quartet seriously?" - Leonard Slatkin

"People whose sensibility is destroyed by music in trains, airports, lifts, cannot concentrate on a Beethoven Quartet." - Witold Lutoslawski

"The Vores Third Quartet is a terrific piece that brings disparate components into harmony. . . it's celebratory, imaginative, touching, and fun." - Richard Dyer

"You hear it in your brain. Whatever makes sense. Some songs work well as quartet songs, sometimes they don't." - Branford Marsalis

"Every small town has its dramatic group, its barber-shop quartet, every home has music in one form or another." - Kate Smith

"I know of musicians who have played together for decades who hate each other. The Modern Jazz Quartet for one." - Gary Burton

"My dad used to sing in a quartet. He loved everything: adult contemporary, anything smooth. He'd listen to the quartets." - Keri Hilson

"The question who ought to be boss is like who ought to be the tenor in the quartet? Obviously, the man who can sing tunor." - Henry Ford

"My dad graduated seminary there, and so did (sounds like) Mark Kimball's grandfather. They sang in a quartet together, my dad and Mark Kimball's grandfather." - Al Jarreau

"There is no bad day that ca' be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet. This is just truth, plain and simple." - Aldous Huxley

"You can play Bach on the piano, a symphony orchestra or a quartet of saxophones, but let's stop this silly, childish business of knit your own musicology" - Paul McCreesh

"I would like to hear Elliot Carter's Fourth String Quartet, if only to discover what a cranky prostate does to one's polyphony." - James Sellars

"There is no bad day that can't be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet. This is just truth, plain and simple." - Aldous Huxley

"Composers are not human; They can live on diminished sevenths, and be contented with a pianoforte for a wife, and a string quartet for a family." - George Bernard Shaw

"The question, Who ought to be boss? is like asking Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet? Obviously, the man who can sing tenor." - Henry Ford

"[T]here's no bad day that can't be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet; this is just truth, plain and simple." - Chuck Sigars

"When I was seven years old, I was leading a quartet and trio, and that really laid the groundwork for me as a musician." - Anne Akiko Meyers

"I'll tell you what I would do in a shot if I could. I would sing in the barbershop quartet in The Music Man." - Ned Beatty

"My great hero is Billie Holiday, and I've always wanted to do an album of standards with a piano-led quartet." - Tim Curry

"I'm the fifth generation of Seventh Day Adventists and the youngest of four brothers. When I was still very small, we formed a gospel quartet." - Brian Mcknight

"Once a month I play with a chamber music quartet. I play almost no solo music anymore because I so enjoy the interaction. The members of my quartet have become some of my best friends and so I really enjoy it now in ways that I didn't before." - Condoleezza Rice

"Shantaram is the second in the series of a quartet of novels that I have planned about my life but is the first to be written. The third book is a sequel to Shantaram, the first a prequel." - Gregory David Roberts

"Solo dancing does not exist: the dancer dances with the floor: add another dancer and you have a quartet: each dance with the other and each with the floor." - Steve Paxton

"A noble space, unlike any other of our time, for it is both strong and delicate. It seems to call at once for a Boeing 747 and for a string quartet." - Paul Goldberger

"My first strong musical memory is of the Villa-Lobos Sixth Quartet which my parents were rehearsing. I remember that it reminded me of big teddy bears dancing around." - Leonard Slatkin

"The only reason is that I hadn't seen The Modern Jazz Quartet perform live and a live performance is often where the real experience of jazz takes place. I'm not familiar with the Boswell Sisters." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"It's not easy to talk about transcendence, just as it's not easy to play or listen to a late Beethoven quartet ... You have to practice quite hard, like you do with any art form. Religion is hard work." - Karen Armstrong

"I've been saying for almost 20 years that I need to do a jazz project and it ought to be either big band or I should do some jazz songs with a trio or quartet." - Al Jarreau

"Growing up in the Bay Area, I played early on with these quartet groups who set guidelines for me. I remember the guys would all have the same clothes and shoes, like these uniforms. I was in awe." - Raphael Saadiq

"The Third Quartet I made the instruments in pairs - Two different pairs - Violin and viola, and violin and cello. They played very different things from each other all through the whole piece." - Elliott Carter

"I got a chance to listen to and watch Thelonious Monk and his quartet play two shows a night, for six weeks. It was a great education. There was my university, man." - Chick Corea

"And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even." - Elvis Costello

"We used to get on planes, and they'd ask who we were, and we'd say, 'The Dave Brubeck Quartet', and they'd say, 'Who?' In later years they'd say, 'Oh', which amounts to the same thing." - Paul Desmond

"I suppose subconsciously I was thinking in terms of having the scale of it matching the scale of the images. Hence the sort of string quartet, jazz band and electronic stuff." - Jonny Greenwood

"Music just runs in my family. My dad and my uncles are a gospel quartet, Latimore Brothers. They've been doing their thing ever since I was a kid, so I just kind of grew up around that." - Jacob Latimore

"My family was very encouraging, and both of my grandparents were both beautiful singers. My grandmother was a coloratura soprano, and my grandfather was an Irish tenor in a barbershop quartet." - Clare Bowen

"'Shantaram' is the second in the series of a quartet of novels that I have planned about my life but is the first to be written. The third book is a sequel to 'Shantaram,' the first a prequel." - Gregory David Roberts

"For me, playing music while I write is important. Several of the romantic scenes in 'Paris' were written with Debussy's 'String Quartet,' his 'L'Apres-midi d'une Faune,' or Canteloube's 'Songs of the Auvergne' playing in the background." - Edward Rutherfurd

"I owe very, very much to Mozart; and if one studies, for instance, the way in which I write for string quartet, then one cannot deny that I have learned this directly from Mozart. And I am proud of it!" - Arnold Schoenberg

"I am touring in Europe. I am putting together a trio and a quartet. I am playing solo concerts with my symphonic sounds. I am very much engaged back to playing and recording and everything." - Miroslav Vitous

"My grandmother would sing in the choir, while my dad - while he was in college - sang and recorded with a quartet. So yeah, it was definitely my dad's Southern side that impacted on me musically." - Keri Hilson

"When I heard Monk in person in 1955, he was playing with a quartet in a small club. The place was full of musicians, but there was no public at all." - Steve Lacy

"1972 was a year of many pleasant and rewarding experiences for me: a Grammy nomination, a European tour, two quartet albums, good health in my family, faithful friends, a happy year in our first house, - I could go on and on." - Chuck Mangione

"In spite of all the refinements of civilization that conspired to make art - the dizzying perfection of the string quartet or the sprawling grandeur of Fragonard's canvases-beauty was savage. It was as dangerous and lawless as the earth been eons before man had one single coherent thought in his head or wrote codes of conduct on tablets of clay." - Anne Rice

"And since I'm marrying into the Quartet, I have certain privileges and duties. If you're sleeping with Laurel-" "I'm not sleeping with Laurel. We"re dating." "Right, and the two of you are just going to hold hands, admire the moon, and sing camp songs." "For a while. Minus the singing." - Nora Roberts

"A Beethoven string-quartet is truly, as some one has said, a scraping of horses' tails on cats' bowels, and may be exhaustively described in such terms; but the application of this description in no way precludes the simultaneous applicability of an entirely different description." - William James

"When I was drawing this, I thought I'd put together Sailor Saturn and Sailor Chibi-Moon in a pair. Then I followed it with the Sailor Quartet. One of these days I'm going to put this team together into the manga. What a weird thing that would be. Anyway, here's the six." - Naoko Takeuchi

"And since I'm marrying into the Quartet, I have certain privileges and duties. If you're sleeping with Laurel-" "I'm not sleeping with Laurel. We're dating." "Right, and the two of you are just going to hold hands, admire the moon, and sing camp songs." "For a while. Minus the singing." - Nora Roberts

"When I was drawing this, I thought I"d put together Sailor Saturn and Sailor Chibi-Moon in a pair. Then I followed it with the Sailor Quartet. One of these days I'm going to put this team together into the manga. What a weird thing that would be. Anyway, here's the six." - Naoko Takeuchi

"Whether a listener absorbs this music or rebels against it is at least partly a matter of how the performers put it across. It would be hard to imagine an ensemble playing it with greater virtuosity than the JACK Quartet, which seemed not merely earnest but also completely comfortable with, and passionate about, the strange sound worlds at hand." - Allan Kozinn

"Instead of the metaphor of scales in balance, I prefer the idea of a jazz quartet: you're trying to make music that feels and sounds good, and sometimes you only hear the trumpet or just the bass and piano. Sometimes all four are playing at the same time, but perhaps at different volume." - Stewart D. Friedman

"On one hand you have a string quartet, which is not a symphony. On the other hand is you have me sampling them and making it sound like there is many more people playing, so the whole notion of, kind of, sampling applied to classical music is very intriguing to me because composers throughout history have borrowed motifs and quotes from one another." - DJ Spooky

"After two hours it stopped raining and in the same moment the spell broke, which Peroquet and the Admiral and Captain Jumeau knew by a curious twist of their senses, as if they had tasted a string quartet, or been, for a moment, deafened by the sight of colour blue." - Susanna Clarke

"My mom was a folk singer and Celtic harpist. My dad was in a barbershop quartet and my great grandma was an opera singer. As I grew up, I discovered pop music and Top 40 radio, but it was in the '90s, so music was very different then - it was really lyrical." - Skylar Grey

"My first album didn't come out until I was 27, which in pop years is late, you know. But when it came time to arrange it, I became a kid in a toy shop. I had a harp and a saxophone quartet and a symphony orchestra. I went berserk for a time." - Bjork

"One is that you have to take time, lots of time, to let an idea grow from within. The second is that when you sign on to something, there will be issues of trust, deep trust, the way the members of a string quartet have to trust one another." - Yo-Yo Ma

"I got it into my head that I had somewhat neglected the guitar, and then I did a record called 'Arena,' and it was not a particularly bad record - it wasn't a bad record at all, but it was built around a certain concept, which is a guitar quartet, with a little bit of augmentation here and there." - Todd Rundgren

"'Something/Anything?' was kind of a different record, since I'm playing everything myself. A lot of the songs on there have a particular kind of instrumentation that is much like a guitar quartet, and in some ways, it's an exceptional song on that record because so much of the writing on 'Something/Anything?' is piano-oriented." - Todd Rundgren

"I have learned a lot from jazz. I compare good acting to jazz music. The more you study and prepare as an actor, the more equipped you are to live in the moment. Just like the gifted musicians in my dad's quartet, it takes a courageous actor to be free." - Nat Wolff

"When I was drawing this, I thought I'd put together Sailor Saturn and Sailor Chibi-Moon in a pair. Then I followed it with the Sailor Quartet. One of these days I'm going to put this team together into the manga. What a weird thing that would be. Anyway, here's the six." - Naoko Takeuchi

"One is that you have to take time, lots of time, to let an idea grow from within. The second is that when you sign on to something, there will be issues of trust, deep trust, the way the members of a string quartet have to trust one another." - Yoyo Ma

"An evening up on the Empire State roof-the strangest experience. The huge tomb in steel and glass, the ride to the 84th floor and there, under the clouds, a Hawaiian string quartet, lounge, concessions and, a thousand feet below, New York-a garden of golden lights winking on and off, automobiles, trucks winding in and out, and not a sound. All as silent as a dead city-and it looks adagio down there." - Dawn Powell

"In spite of all the refinements of civilization that conspired to make art-the dizzying perfection of the string quartet or the sprawling grandeur of Fragonard's canvases-beauty was savage. It was as dangerous and lawless as the earth had been eons before man had one single coherent thought in his head or wrote codes of conduct on tablets of clay. Beauty was a Savage Garden." - Anne Rice

"I have always loved jazz music and as a teen growing up in New York City and then later on as an adult have great memories of the jazz clubs that were all located on 52nd Street. I still catch as many jazz shows as I can when I am in New York. And when I perform, I have my jazz quartet by my side. Jazz musicians keep things spontaneous and very "live," which is the way I like to perform." - Tony Bennett

"I think that both Russia and other international actors, including those who are more actively engaged in the resolution of the Ukrainian crisis (that is the Federal Republic of Germany and France, the so-called Normandy Quartet, certainly, with close involvement of the United States, and we have intensified our dialogue on this issue), we should all be committed to the full and unconditional implementation of the agreements that were achieved in Minsk. The Minsk Agreements have to be implemented." - Vladimir Putin

"Behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern; that we-I mean all human beings-are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art. Hamlet or a Beethoven quartet is the truth about this vast mass that we call the world. But there is no Shakespeare, there is no Beethoven; certainly and emphatically there is no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself." - Virginia Woolf



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