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Terry Teachout

American,  Critic
Total Quotes : 26
Bad Average Film Music

Does film music really matter to the average moviegoer? A great score, after all, can't save a bad film, and a bad score - so it's said - can't sink a good one.

- Terry Teachout

Artist Critic Himself

A critic is not a creative artist, is a commenter, a midwife of creativity, but not creative himself.

- Terry Teachout

Mind Like Means

A masterpiece doesn't push you around. It lets you make up your own mind about what it means - and change it as often as you like.

- Terry Teachout

Want Novelty Grand

In 2004, the iPod was a novelty, and tablet computers were a dream. Now we take for granted that we can see whatever we want whenever and wherever we want to see it, be it 'Grand Illusion' or 'Duck Dynasty.'

- Terry Teachout

Voice Away Records

Century-old records are the closest thing we have to a time machine. To listen to the voice of Theodore Roosevelt or the piano playing of Claude Debussy is to feel the years falling away like autumn leaves from a maple tree.

- Terry Teachout

Music Remember Loved

I loved music from earliest childhood - from as long as I can remember.

- Terry Teachout

Idiot More Learned

I learned more in the rehearsals for 'The Letter' than I have ever dreamed of know in the theater as a critic. If it doesn't make me a better critic, I'm an idiot.

- Terry Teachout

Art Most Theatrical

Direction is the most invisible part of the theatrical art. You don't see it.

- Terry Teachout

Play Production Which

The first play I ever saw - I was in junior high school - was a high school production of Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit,' which seemed to me absolutely magical.

- Terry Teachout

Reach Opera Anybody

I don't know anybody in the opera business who isn't worried sick about how best to reach out to underpaid millennials who were suckled on the new on-demand pop culture, which supplies them with cheap, unchallenging amusement around the clock.

- Terry Teachout

Perfect Production Makes

No translation can possibly be perfect. Every production and every performance is a different path up the mountain, and nobody ever makes it all the way to the summit.

- Terry Teachout

Small Which Town

There wasn't a lot of live music that you could hear where I came from, which was a small town in southeast Missouri.

- Terry Teachout

Jazz Became Classical

I became a professional musician and played all kinds of music. I played bluegrass, I played classical music, and for many years, I played jazz.

- Terry Teachout

Remember His Identified

Most of us remember Nat King Cole as a vocalist. His warm, grainy baritone is still so closely identified with such familiar ballads as 'Stardust' and 'The Christmas Song' that it's hard to imagine anyone else performing them.

- Terry Teachout

Opera Always Never

I've always loved opera; it never occurred to me that I would write a proper libretto.

- Terry Teachout

Artist Slightly Prefer

Just as most of us prefer to watch a trapeze artist work without a net, we like to be absolutely sure that a virtuoso is giving us our money's worth, and a seemingly effortless performance, no matter how spectacular it may be, deprives us of that slightly sadistic thrill.

- Terry Teachout

Country Chunks Edward

Maine likes to call itself 'America's Vacationland.' For many artists, though, it's the office. Since the 19th century, painters from all over the country - including Edward Hopper, Alex Katz, John Marin, Fairfield Porter, Neil Welliver and Andrew Wyeth - have spent large chunks of time there.

- Terry Teachout

Visible World Portraying

Even the Impressionists, the most innovative artists of their time, sought to paint realistically. They believed that their freer way of portraying the visible world was truer to life than the literal realism of the 'salon painters' who dominated French art throughout the 19th century.

- Terry Teachout

Enough Going Promise

The 'Podunk Times' is not going to have a good dance critic, I absolutely promise you that. There's just not enough dance there.

- Terry Teachout

Production Purely Works

The wonderful thing about theater as an art form is it's a purely empirical art form. It's all about what works. And every show, every production, is created anew right from the moment you go into the rehearsal hall.

- Terry Teachout