About Eugene Ormandy:
Eugene Ormandy is one of the longest enjoyed by any conductor with a single orchestra. Under his baton, the Philadelphia had three gold records and won two Grammy Awards.
Beauty is less important than quality.
Death is an awful thing. I don't believe in it myself.
I'm one of the boys, no better than the last second violinist. I'm just the lucky one to be standing in the center, telling them how to play.
I told him he'd have a heart attack a year ago, but unfortunately he lived a year longer.
I can conduct better than I count.
Why do you always insist on playing while I'm trying to conduct?
Even when you are not playing you are holding me back.
It is not as difficult as I thought it was, but it is harder than it is.
The notes are right, but if I listened they would be wrong.
I wrote it the right way, so it was copied the wrong way right. I mean the right way wrong.
It is not together, but the ensemble is perfect.
During the rests - pray.
It's hot as hell as can be.
Tonight I'm going to listen with my ears.
If you don't have it in your part, leave it out, because there is enough missing already.
With us tonight is William Warfield, who is with us tonight. He is a wonderful man, and so is his wife.
I never say what I mean, but I always manage to say something similar.
Let me explain what I do here. I don't want to confuse you any more than absolutely necessary.
I don't mean to make you nervous, but unfortunately I have to.
There is a shadow on every page.