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1. "Composers today get a TV script on Friday and have to record on Tuesday. It's just dreadful to impose on gifted talent and expect decent music under these conditions."
Author: Alex North
2. "For a short while she considered the idea of orchestral courtesy. Certainly one should avoid giving political offence: German orchestras, of course, used to be careful about playing Wagner abroad, at least in some countries, choosing instead German composers who were somewhat more ... apologetic."
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
3. "It is possible I never learned the names of birds in order to discover the bird of peace, the bird of paradise, the bird of the soul, the bird of desire. It is possible I avoided learning the names of composers and their music the better to close my eyes and listen to the mystery of all music as an ocean. It may be I have not learned dates in history in order to reach the essence of timelessness. It may be I never learned geography the better to map my own routes and discover my own lands. The unknown was my compass. The unknown was my encyclopedia. The unnamed was my science and progress."
Author: Anaïs Nin
4. "When I began, the guitar was en-closed in a vicious circle. There were no composers writing for the guitar, be-cause there were no virtuoso guitarists."
Author: Andres Segovia
5. "Pianists call me a composer, composers call me a pianist. The classicists think me a futurist, and the futurists call me a reactionary."
Author: Anton Rubinstein
6. "Composers are not all good conductors."
Author: Anton Seidl
7. "There's a higher place that I have no illusions about reaching. There's a sophistication and aesthetic about composers who only write only for the music's sake."
Author: Bill Conti
8. "Composers dialogue - and obsessively, bitterly argue - with other composers, often over the span of several centuries."
Author: Brian Ferneyhough
9. "Physicists are more like avant-garde composers, willing to bend traditional rules... Mathematicians are more like classical composers."
Author: Brian Greene
10. "Living composers writing for big band are very few and far between. There are not a lot of them, and I have a talent for doing it. I am zeroing in on what I do best."
Author: Carla Bley
11. "Most of the important composers in our country are clustered in the Northeast."
Author: Carlisle Floyd
12. "It's amazing how fast generations lose sight of other generations. One of the first things the young composers who come to work with me say is that they want to write music people will like, instead of gaining their credentials by being rejected by the audience."
Author: Carlisle Floyd
13. "Music is much like fucking, but some composers can't climax and others climax too often, leaving themselves and the listener jaded and spent."
Author: Charles Bukowski
14. "So many important New York musicians were gay, one wit dubbed the American Composers League the Homintern."
Author: Charles Kaiser
15. "I began like all composers, writing for small groups. Chamber groups."
Author: David Del Tredici
16. "Many composers today don't know what the human throat is."
Author: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
17. "I tend to listen to the classical composers: Rachmaninov, Satie."
Author: Enya
18. "Many composers use software to write music - programs like Finale or Sibelius. There are also recording programs. I should say I'm still very old-fashioned, I still use pencil and paper. But almost every composer I know does it the 'new way.'"
Author: Eric Whitacre
19. "I've heard though that there is a younger generation of tonal French composers who are reacting with vigour."
Author: Gavin Bryars
20. "Still, American composers working in France have had a pretty hard time."
Author: Gavin Bryars
21. "I am certain that most composers today would consider today's music to be rich, not to say confusing, in its enormous diversity of styles, technical procedures, and systems of esthetics."
Author: George Crumb
22. "All great composers of the past spent most of their time studying. Feeling alone won't do the job. A man also needs technique."
Author: George Gershwin
23. "The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing."
Author: Gerry Mulligan
24. "The record company started as an adjunct to that, to give young composers their first recorded performances; to give young musicians their first debut on a recording. These are all things that big record companies would never touch because there is no money in it!"
Author: Gunther Schuller
25. "With the new technology that keeps entering the media, film composers are constantly being placed in new learning situations. Acknowledging this and realizing that one must keep up, I maintain, nonetheless, that the real creative power is in the mind and heart of the composer."
Author: Henry Mancini
26. "All of these people kept on being professional musicians and composers in the strictest sense."
Author: James Tenney
27. "Leave off driving your composers. It might prove to be as dangerous as it is generally unnecessary. After all, composing cannot be turned out like spinning or sewing. Some respected colleagues (Bach, Mozart, Schubert) have spoilt the world terribly. But if we can't imitate them in the beauty of their writing, we should certainly beware of seeking to match the speed of their writing. It would also be unjust to put all the blame on idleness alone. Many factors combine to make writing harder for us (my contemporaries), and especially me. If, incidentally, they would use us poets for some other purpose, they would see that we are thoroughly and naturally industrious dispositions . . . . I have no time: otherwise I should love to chat on the difficulty of composing and how irresponsible publishers are."
Author: Johannes Brahms
28. "The structural thinking I use in the concert hall is unnecessary to most film projects, and most film composers make better use of the enormous range of pop and other materials and techniques required of them than I probably would, faced with the same challenge."
Author: John Corigliano
29. "Well, the very best operas are the ones written by the very best composers."
Author: John Eaton
30. "America can well expect to develop a goodly amount of composers for she has a goodly number of people."
Author: John Philip Sousa
31. "Sincere composers believe in God."
Author: John Philip Sousa
32. "Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors and composers have written a good part, a fact which is often overlooked."
Author: Judy Holliday
33. "When the Domaine Musical started up, I wasn't part of it. They were the major players in contemporary music at that time, braodcasting old and new composers' work. And I wasn't one of them."
Author: Luc Ferrari
34. "Composers were warned not to strain the attention of their audience, as though we had not at our disposal different degrees of attention, among which it rests precisely with the artist himself to arouse the highest. For those who yawn with boredom after ten lines of a mediocre article have journeyed year after year to Bayreuth to listen to the Ring."
Author: Marcel Proust
35. "Magicians are typically introverted; they don't tend to work with others, but I work with software programmers, composers, designers, so it's a very diverse group and the result is always more interesting than something I could have done by myself."
Author: Marco Tempest
36. "But still as compared to many, many orchestras in the world, I think you find a lot more new music and living composers on our programs than many other places."
Author: Michael Tilson Thomas
37. "The first year I started in San Francisco, there was an American work on every program and there's been a lot of music by living composers and gradually that was part of the process of getting the audience really to trust me."
Author: Michael Tilson Thomas
38. "Hell may have all the best composers, but heaven has all the best choreographers."
Author: Neil Gaiman
39. "Music is a continuum and the modern and avant-garde composers of today will be part of the standard repertoire 30 years from now."
Author: Neville Marriner
40. "There is a line somewhere in Wozzeck that translates out to, roughly, 'The world is awful.' Yes, I said to myself as I shot across the Bay Bridge not giving a fuck how fast I drove, that sums it up. That is high art: 'The world is awful.' That says it all. This is what we pay composers and painters and the great writers to do: tell us this; from figuring this out, they earn a living. What a masterful, incisive insight. What penetrating intelligence. A rat in a drain ditch could tell you the same thing, were it able to talk. If rats could talk, I'd do anything they said."
Author: Philip K. Dick
41. "I've seen composers work on 30 films at one go. So, eight or even 10 albums in a year is no big deal."
Author: Pritam Chakraborty
42. "What inspires me is not so much the music as the opportunity to interact with composers. I think that has driven everything I've done."
Author: Robert Moog
43. "Think it a vile habit to alter works of good composers, to omit parts of them, or to insert new-fashioned ornaments. This is the greatest insult you can offer to Art."
Author: Robert Schumann
44. "The gift that isn't big enough to make a mark, but is too big to leave the possessor in peace. And so they can't be content to be Sunday painters, or poets who write for a few friends, or composers whose handful of delicate little settings of Emily Dickinson can't find a singer. It's a special sort of hell."
Author: Robertson Davies
45. "I came across a lot of young composers who have got passion but lack experience. I want to help them out."
Author: Sukhwinder Singh
46. "I looked at the headline: "The Devil Made Him Do It." It was an opinion piece about the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and the "disjointed" but "grotesque" remarks he had made at a press conference. Lamenting the relative impotence of the arts in comparison to terrorism, Stockhausen had called the attacks "the greatest work of art that is possible in the whole cosmos." I guess he thought of it as a Wagnerian spectacle, an opera of airplanes and towers. "Five thousand people are dispatched into eternity, in a single moment," he said. "I couldn't do that. In comparison with that, we're nothing as composers."
Author: Supervert
47. "DEAFNESS DOESN'T PREVENT COMPOSERS HEARING THE MUSIC. IT PREVENTS THEM HEARING THE DISTRACTIONS."
Author: Terry Pratchett
48. "Outlaws, like lovers, poets, and tubercular composers who cough blood onto piano keys, do their finest work in the slippery rays of the moon."
Author: Tom Robbins
49. "I loved Hendrix. I mean, really, really loved him. As if he were one of the great classical composers. And he was. That's how I saw him."
Author: Warren Zevon
50. "Jazz has been such a force in music, that any musician, including classical composers, have been influenced, and obviously performers, also."
Author: Yo Yo Ma

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