Don't be too dismissive of children. While it's true that few children are artists, all artists are children.
Arguably, no artist grows up: If he sheds the perceptions of childhood, he ceases being an artist.
Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced.
Divine fires do not blaze each day, but an artist functions in their afterglow hoping for their recurrence.
The art of translation lies less in knowing the other language than in knowing your own.
The beautiful are shyer than the ugly, for they move in a world that does not ask for beauty.
To start writing about your life is, from one standpoint, to stop living it. You must avoid adventures today so as to make time for registering those of yesterday.
So far as musical pedagogy is concerned -
And by extension of musical creation -
Nadia Boulanger is the most influential person who ever lived
There are no fascinating people, only their works are fascinating.
It's not evil that's ruining the earth, but mediocrity. The crime is not that Nero played while Rome burned, but that he played badly.
The Great don't innovate, they fertilize seeds planted by lackeys, they leave to others the inhaling of the flowers whose roots they've manured. A deceptive memory may be the key to their originality.
Nothing is a waste that makes a memory.
To see itself through, music must have idea or magic. ... Music with neither dies young though rich.
All men are forced into one of two categories: those with eleven fingers and those without.
The hardest of all the arts to speak of is music, because music has no meaning to speak of
If asked to list my ten favorite American fiction writers, Gail Godwin would be among them. In this, her latest . . . she evokes in a short book the long married life of two artists. Evenings at Five is a strong tale of love-after-death.
Classic means standard as opposed to Romantic: form before meaning as opposed to meaning before form. It grows from inside out, while Romantic grows from outside in.
Perfection is no more a requisite to art than to heroes.
Minor artists borrow, great ones steal.
composition is notation of distortion of what composers think they've heard before. Masterpieces are marvelous misquotations.
I don't go to concerts much. I've heard everything. When I do go to movies, I walk out half the time. As for literature, I've read everything.
If a composer could state in words what being a composer means, he would no longer need to be a composer.
Anyone can be gay - it's no accomplishment - but only I can be me.
Compose first, worry later.
Intelligence is silence, truth is being invisible. But what a racket I make in declaring this.
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