Top 10 Quotes by Leo Ornstein

Leo Ornstein

To the person that deals in visualizations, I suppose there is something rather exciting about a whole set of people - they all going symmetrically, up or down, in a military sort of precision.

Leo Ornstein
No, I think that a person writes a poem because they have an inner urge of something that they want to express, and I think it's that inner urge that you want to express when you write a piece of music.
Leo Ornstein

Of all the arts, music is really the most abstract.

Leo Ornstein
But in the end, music is ultimately an aural art, pure and simple.
Leo Ornstein

Besides merely some pleasure that we get out of the combinations of pitches together and lines, I think that there is some satisfaction that we get in the fact of having this diffuse thing organized very concretely and put onto a frame and have it actually decided.

Leo Ornstein
You write it down because finally, when it's written down you do get it out of your system somewhat.
Leo Ornstein

By the visual pattern, but mostly I'm guided entirely by my ear, what I hear.

Leo Ornstein
Well, no. I believe that it's not at all impossible that some of the performances that I've heard so far by some pianists may be superior to my own playing because those are two totally different acts altogether.
Leo Ornstein

But in the end, music is ultimately an aural art, pure and simple. Leo Orns

Leo Ornstein
I think recordings have been a terrific advance because now, when you have a piece of music, particularly something that appears to the listener very complicated, there's really a push to the world to try to figure out what it was that he was hearing.