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 beautiful are shyer than the ugly, for they move in a world that does not ask for beauty.
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.
Nothing is a waste that makes a memory.
The art of translation lies less in knowing the other language than in knowing your own.
Art means to dare - and to have been right.
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.
An artist doesn't necessarily have deeper feelings than other people, but he can express these feelings. He is like everyone else-only more so! He speaks with a Formal Sigh.
composition is notation of distortion of what composers think they've heard before. Masterpieces are marvelous misquotations.
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.
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.
The same piece of music alters at each hearing. But oh, the need to repeat and repeat and repeat unchanged the sexual experience.
To see itself through, music must have idea or magic. ... Music with neither dies young though rich.
If music could be translated into human speech, it would no longer need to exist.
Minor artists borrow, great ones steal.
Anyone can be gay - it's no accomplishment - but only I can be me.
Intelligence is silence, truth is being invisible. But what a racket I make in declaring this.
Compose first, worry later.
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 you read reviews of concerts, the word 'creative' comes up all the time. However, performers playing music usually aren't creative. Critics might say they are, but they're just playing another persons work. They didn't create it.
If a composer could state in words what being a composer means, he would no longer need to be a composer.
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