Composer Quotes

[wpsm_quote author=”Anne Dudley” float=”none” width=”100%”]Composers are always going back to the past.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anton Seidl” float=”none” width=”100%”]Composers are not all good conductors.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anton Seidl” float=”none” width=”100%”]The composers could no longer direct all performances in person, and so the responsibility of interpreting their works in the spirit in which they had been conceived was placed upon conductors.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Bela Bartok” float=”none” width=”100%”]Competitions are for horses, not artists.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Benjamin Britten” float=”none” width=”100%”]The old idea of a composer suddenly having a terrific idea and sitting up all night to write it is nonsense. Nighttime is for sleeping.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”David Del Tredici” float=”none” width=”100%”]Composers love to write for symphony orchestras because the symphony is the Rolls Royce of musical instruments.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau” float=”none” width=”100%”]Many, many composers have only found their way to a certain form, through familiarizing themselves with texts.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Elisabeth Schwarzkopf” float=”none” width=”100%”]Many composers today don’t know what the human throat is.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ellen Taaffe Zwilich” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you’re a composer, there’s never a moment you’re not working.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ernest Newman” float=”none” width=”100%”]A good composer is slowly discovered and a bad composer is slowly found out.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ernest Newman” float=”none” width=”100%”]The greatest composer does not sit down to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Frank Zappa” float=”none” width=”100%”]A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Frank Zappa” float=”none” width=”100%”]A composer’s job involves the decoration of fragments of time.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Gustav Mahler” float=”none” width=”100%”]If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Gustav Mahler” float=”none” width=”100%”]The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Hanns Eisler” float=”none” width=”100%”]A composer knows that music is written by human beings for human beings and that music is a continuation of life, not something separated from it.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Hector Berlioz” float=”none” width=”100%”]Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Howard Dietz” float=”none” width=”100%”]Composers shouldn’t think too much – it interferes with their plagiarism.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Igor Stravinsky” float=”none” width=”100%”]A composer is not only an architect but also an inventor, and he should not build houses in which he cannot live.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Igor Stravinsky” float=”none” width=”100%”]A good composer does not imitate; he steals.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Igor Stravinsky” float=”none” width=”100%”]The real composer thinks about his work the whole time; he is not always conscious of this, but he is aware of it later when he suddenly knows what he will do.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jean Cocteau” float=”none” width=”100%”]The composer opens the cage door for arithmetic, the draftsman gives geometry its freedom.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”John Philip Sousa” float=”none” width=”100%”]Any composer who is gloriously conscious that he is a composer must believe that he receives his inspiration from a source higher than himself.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”John Philip Sousa” float=”none” width=”100%”]Composers are the only people who can hear good music above bad sounds.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”John Philip Sousa” float=”none” width=”100%”]Remember always that the composer’s pen is still mightier than the bow of the violinist; in you lie all the possibilities of the creation of beauty.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Leo Ornstein” float=”none” width=”100%”]It doesn’t necessarily mean at all that the composer plays his own works best.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Levi Strauss” float=”none” width=”100%”]If the composer withholds more than we anticipate, we experience a delicious falling sensation; we feel we have been torn from a stable point on the musical ladder and thrust into the void.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Michala Petri” float=”none” width=”100%”]Composers often think in terms of music and not of an instrument itself.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Steve Maraboli” float=”none” width=”100%”]God is the composer; you are the song.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Thomas Beecham” float=”none” width=”100%”]Composers should write tunes that chauffeurs and errand boys can whistle.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Virgil Thomson” float=”none” width=”100%”]Every composer’s music reflects in its subject-matter and in its style the source of the money the composer is living on while writing the music.[/wpsm_quote]