Composing a piece of music is very feminine. It is sensitive, emotional, contemplative. By comparison, doing housework is positively masculine.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
I am composing like a god, as if it simply had to be done as it has been done.
A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
Music is the space between the notes.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
I'd always loved poetry and I'd always loved writing music and composing music, but I hadn't thought of putting the two together until around that time.
There are people who must spend huge amounts of time composing these online diatribes against me, all about how disgusting and terrible I am and how no one should ever read my books, and it's not enough for them to hate me, they can't stand the fact that ANYONE likes me!
I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?
The songs of Bizet are by a French peer of Rossini. When Rossini stopped composing, he was living in Paris. He also wrote some beautiful songs in French.
I was very committed to the process of composing, working at poems, putting things together and taking them apart like some kind of experimental filmmaker.
My mother also had us take piano lessons, and this had a similar effect. I hated those lessons, but I now play regularly for pleasure and have even tried my hand at composing.
Being in the studio is okay but sitting in a room by yourself composing is a discipline that takes a certain type of mind set and Tommy has a great gift for that as did the previous guy.
My kind of composing is more like the work of a gardener. The gardener takes his seeds and scatters them, knowing what he is planting but not quite what will grow where and when - and he won't necessarily be able to reproduce it again afterwards either.
However, I began composing as soon as I started taking piano lessons.
What I wanted and what I visualized while composing has not always been realized.
I began composing works which were imitative of the music I was being told about. I was also very interested in translating the music into visual terms.
While it is true that Frank had a great sense of humor, he was also very serious about composing music. In reality there are only a handful of skilled players who can play his most complex pieces. It takes a lot of patience to learn and requires a fantastic memory.
You might lose your spontaneity and, instead of composing first-rate Gershwin, end up with second rate Ravel.
Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house. Slowly you see more details of the house-the color of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows. The notes are the bricks and the mortar of the house.
Since age seven, I've been composing and have never stopped composing, yet, the creative process is as elusive to me as it has ever been.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
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