Famous quotes by Composers

From the timeless masters of the past to the modern pioneers, authors have actually long provided inspiration and creative thinking. Their words of wisdom have actually been given with the ages, providing insight right into the imaginative procedure and also the power of music. Below are a few of the most motivating quotes from authors, using a glimpse right into their minds and also the music they created.
Small: Its a blast to watch. Its a lot more interesting live than it is on record. I mean, it really is a theatrical
"It's a blast to watch. It's a lot more interesting live than it is on record. I mean, it really is a theatrical event. It's a sporting event! Cause you never know what's gonna happen"
John Zorn, Composer
Small: Never look at the trombones. Youll only encourage them
"Never look at the trombones. You'll only encourage them"
Richard Strauss, Composer
Small: We are all part of a tradition, at least we depend on the past
Klaus Schulze
"We are all part of a tradition, at least we depend on the past"
Klaus Schulze, Composer
Small: A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn
"A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn"
Claude Debussy, Composer
Small: A nation creates music - the composer only arranges it
"A nation creates music - the composer only arranges it"
Mikhail Glinka, Composer
Small: An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs
Edgard Varese
"An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs"
Edgard Varese, Composer
Small: I have just begun a work in which an important part is given to a large chorus and with it I want to use sever
Edgard Varese
"I have just begun a work in which an important part is given to a large chorus and with it I want to use several of your instruments - augmenting their range as in those I used for my Equatorial - especially in the high range"
Edgard Varese, Composer
Small: The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play
"The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play"
Richard Strauss, Composer
Small: The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the
Igor Stravinsky
"The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament"
Igor Stravinsky, Composer
Small: A good composer does not imitate he steals
Igor Stravinsky
"A good composer does not imitate; he steals"
Igor Stravinsky, Composer
Small: Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts
"Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do"
Gian Carlo Menotti, Composer
Small: Nowadays, there are sometimes more producers than there are people in the cast, because it takes that much mon
"Nowadays, there are sometimes more producers than there are people in the cast, because it takes that much money to put a show on"
Stephen Sondheim, Composer
Small: Although, I am proud of all my Symphonies as they all have something special to say, my particular favourite i
"Although, I am proud of all my Symphonies as they all have something special to say, my particular favourite is the Fifth. As the great Mahler expert Donald Mitchell said that if Mahler had written another Symphony, it would have been my Fifth!"
Malcolm Arnold, Composer
Small: Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel
"Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel"
Oscar Levant, Composer
Small: Hence my obstinate emphasis on stylistic continuity from work to work rather than specific sibling relationshi
"Hence my obstinate emphasis on stylistic continuity from work to work rather than specific sibling relationships between the individual work and other members of its stylistic 'family' in the world outside"
Brian Ferneyhough, Composer
Small: Easy mind, light heart. A mind that is too easy hides a heart that is too heavy
"Easy mind, light heart. A mind that is too easy hides a heart that is too heavy"
Franz Schubert, Composer
Small: One of the aspects of form that I have been very interested in is stasis - the concept of form which is not so
"One of the aspects of form that I have been very interested in is stasis - the concept of form which is not so directional in time, not so much climactic form, but rather form which allows time, to stand still"
La Monte Young, Composer
Small: I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results
"I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results"
Johannes Sebastian Bach, Composer
Small: By concentrating on precision, one arrives at technique, but by concentrating on technique one does not arrive
Bruno Walter
"By concentrating on precision, one arrives at technique, but by concentrating on technique one does not arrive at precision"
Bruno Walter, Composer
Small: Its useless to play lullabies for those who cannot sleep
"It's useless to play lullabies for those who cannot sleep"
John Cage, Composer
Small: Music is organized sound
Edgard Varese
"Music is organized sound"
Edgard Varese, Composer
Small: I dream of instruments obedient to my thought and which with their contribution of a whole new world of unsusp
Edgard Varese
"I dream of instruments obedient to my thought and which with their contribution of a whole new world of unsuspected sounds, will lend themselves to the exigencies of my inner rhythm"
Edgard Varese, Composer
Small: Music, which should pulsate with life, needs new means of expression, and science alone can infuse it with you
Edgard Varese
"Music, which should pulsate with life, needs new means of expression, and science alone can infuse it with youthful vigor"
Edgard Varese, Composer
Small: I dont want to write any more for the old Man-power instruments and am handicapped by the lack of adequate ele
Edgard Varese
"I don't want to write any more for the old Man-power instruments and am handicapped by the lack of adequate electrical instruments for which I now conceive my music"
Edgard Varese, Composer
Small: Our musical alphabet is poor and illogical
Edgard Varese
"Our musical alphabet is poor and illogical"
Edgard Varese, Composer
Small: I was not influenced by composers as much as by natural objects and physical phenomena
Edgard Varese
"I was not influenced by composers as much as by natural objects and physical phenomena"
Edgard Varese, Composer
Small: There is an idea, the basis of an internal structure, expanded and split into different shapes or groups of so
Edgard Varese
"There is an idea, the basis of an internal structure, expanded and split into different shapes or groups of sound constantly changing in shape, direction, and speed, attracted and repulsed by various forces"
Edgard Varese, Composer
Small: I run around, I listen to a lot of music, go to a lot of concerts. And when I see someone that gases me, I try
"I run around, I listen to a lot of music, go to a lot of concerts. And when I see someone that gases me, I try to go out of my way to involve them somehow in what I'm doing or get involved in what they're doing"
John Zorn, Composer
Small: As soon as you get a certain amount of attention, then everybody kinda wants to start taking pot shots at you.
"As soon as you get a certain amount of attention, then everybody kinda wants to start taking pot shots at you. All your old friends that supported you don't support you any more"
John Zorn, Composer
Small: It breaks even. We lose ten, twenty grand every year. But then the people who are working say, Look, Ill kick
"It breaks even. We lose ten, twenty grand every year. But then the people who are working say, Look, I'll kick this back in, I don't need to take this profit share. It's very cooperative"
John Zorn, Composer
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