— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Austrian Romantic composer 1756 - 1791
„With a note of music, one strikes the fundamental, and, in addition to the root note, other notes are generated: these are called the harmonic series…As one fundamental note contains within it other notes in the octave, two fundamentals produce a remarkable array of harmonics, and the number of possible combinations between all the notes increases phenomenally. With a triad, affairs stand a good chance of getting severely out of hand…“
— Claude Debussy French composer 1862 - 1918
As quoted in Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving (2001) by Jonathan G. Koomey, p. 96; since at least 2010 similar statements are also sometimes attributed to Mozart, and a similar remark, apparently one of Ben Jonson, is quoted in "Notes to Cynthia's Revels, in The Works of Ben Jonson: With Notes Critical and Explanatory, and a Biographical Memoir (1875), edited by William Gifford, Vol. 2, in notes to p. 223, on p. 551: Division, in music, is "the space between the notes of music, or the dividing of the tones." Unsourced variants: Music is the silence between the notes. The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between them.
„The genius of a composer is found in the notes of his music; but analyzing the notes will not reveal his genius.“
— Anthony de Mello Indian writer 1931 - 1987
Context: The genius of a composer is found in the notes of his music; but analyzing the notes will not reveal his genius. The poet's greatness is contained in his words; yet the study of his words will not disclose his inspiration. God reveals himself in creation; but scrutinize creation as minutely as you wish, you will not find God, any more than you will find the soul through careful examination of your body. Awakening : Conversations with the Masters (2003), p. 24
„Music has no subject beyond the combinations of notes we hear, for music speaks not only by means of sounds, it speaks nothing but sound.“
— Eduard Hanslick austrian musician and musicologist 1825 - 1904
Eduard Hanslick, quoted by Wolfgang Sandberger (1996) in the liner notes to the Juilliard String Quartet's Intimate Letters. Sony Classical SK 66840.
— Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess
— Johann Sebastian Bach German late baroque era composer 1685 - 1750
„Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.“
— Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014
— Ben Folds American musician 1966
„That heavenly music! what is it I hear?
The notes of the harpers ring sweet in mine ear.
And, see, soft unfolding those portals of gold,
The King all arrayed in his beauty behold!“
— William Augustus Muhlenberg United States Anglican Episcopal clergyman 1796 - 1877
I would not live alway (published 1826), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).