To be deprived of art and left alone with philosophy is to be close to Hell.
Mediocrity borrows, genius steals.
I cannot now evaluate the events that, at the end of those thirty years, made me discover the necessity of religious belief. I was not reasoned into my disposition. Though I admire the structured thought of theology, it is to religion no more than counterpoint exercises are to music.
Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?
The profound meaning of music's essential aim... is to produce a communion, a union of man with his fellow man with the Supreme Being
It is the transcendent (or 'abstract' or 'self-contained') nature of music that the new so called concretism--Pop Art, eighteen-hour slices-of-reality films, musique concrete--opposes. But instead of bringing art and reality closer together, the new movement merely thins out the distinction.
Composers combine notes, that's all.
The true creator may be recognized by his ability always to find about him, in the commonest and humblest thing, items worthy of note.
The faculty of creating is never given to us all by itself. It always goes hand in hand with the gift of observation.
Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.
Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading.
All you have to do is close your eyes and wait for the symbols.
An audience is an abstraction; it has no taste. It must depend on the only person who has (pardon, should have), the conductor.
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.
The more controlled, limited and tormented art is, the freer it is.
Revolution means turning the wheel.
Invention presupposes imagination but should not be confused with it.
I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach, living in anonymity and composing regularly for an established service and for God.
Old age is a time of humiliations, the most disagreeable of which, for me, is that I cannot work long at sustained high pressure with no leaks in concentration.
To continue in one path is to go backward.
I live neither in the past nor in the future. I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity.
I never understood the need for a "live" audience. My music, because of its extreme quietude, would be happiest with a dead one.
Composition is frozen improvisation.
When I discovered that I had been made custodian of this gift, in my earliest childhood, I pledged myself to God to be worthy of it, but I have received uncovenanted mercies all my life. The custodian has too often kept faith on his all-too-worldly terms.
It's one of nature's way that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us.
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