Composers

  • The arts are the means by which we can look through the magic casements see what lies beyond.


    Art, Composers, Insight, Music

  • I cannot write poetically, for I am no poet. I cannot make fine artistic phrases that cast light and shadow, for I am no painter. I can neither by signs nor by pantomime express my thoughts and feelings, for I am no dancer; but I can by tones, for I am a musician


    Composers, Inspiration, Music

  • When I am travelling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.


    Composers, Inspiration, Music

  • There is this tremendous amount of arrogance and hubris, where somebody can look at something for five minutes and dismiss it. Whether you talk about gaming or 20th century classical music, you can't do it in five minutes. You can't listen to 'The Rite of Spring' once and understand what Stravinsky was all about.


    Composers, Music

  • The sonatas of Mozart are too easy for children and too difficult for adults.


    Composers, Music

  • Music is at once the product of feeling and knowledge, for it requires from its disciples, composers and performers alike, not only talent and enthusiasm, but also that knowledge and perception which are the result of protracted study and reflection.


    Composers, Music, Study

  • Without Mozart we still have a great deal of music.We have Bach and Beethoven and Handel and Schumann etc .But with Mozart, we can dance to heaven.


    Composers, Music


  • Debussy was the most French of all composers and the and the most musical of the French .


    Composers, France, Music

  • When I began, the guitar was enclosed in a vicious circle. There were no composers writing for the guitar, because there were no virtuoso guitarists.


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  • All great composers of the past spent most of their time studying. Feeling alone won't do the job. A man also needs technique.


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  • No, but I think I may have stepped in some.
    [when asked if he had conducted any Stockhausen]


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  • No two composers were more totally at home in front of the piano than Debussy and Chopin, hands to keys to strings to sound waves to pen and paper in one perfect gesture of inspiration.


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  • Composers should write tunes that chauffeurs and errand boys can whistle.


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  • Composers are the only people who can hear good music above bad sounds.


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  • Debussy is one of the few composers who actually created a new sound on the piano - or perhaps we should say a new smell, so perfumed are the vibrations which emanate from the instrument.


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  • I still the love classic period, but also the baroque period, and even 17th-Century music such as the music of Monteverdi. He's one of the greatest opera composers. He was the one who really started the opera.


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  • I occasionally play works by contemporary composers and for two reasons. First to discourage the composer from writing any more and secondly to remind myself how much I appreciate Beethoven.


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  • When I was nine I remember one of my most secret vices was to wait till everybody had gone out and listen to the last scene of Siegfried again. I was so worried about this I didn’t want anyone to know.


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  • Gutrune is the only woman that Siegfried has ever come across who hasn’t been his aunt. I’m not making this up you know.


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  • Parsifal is the kind of opera that starts at six o’clock. After it has been going three hours you look at your watch and it says 6.20.


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  • It is a music one must hear several times. I am not going again.
    [on Tannhaüser]


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