Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
Works of art make rules but rules do not make works of art.
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
I tend to listen to the classical composers: Rachmaninov, Satie.
Physicists are more like avant-garde composers, willing to bend traditional rules... Mathematicians are more like classical composers.
Jazz has been such a force in music, that any musician, including classical composers, have been influenced, and obviously performers, also.
Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.
I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.
The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead.
I occasionally play works by contemporary composers and for two reasons. First to discourage the composer from writing any more and secondly to remind myself how much I appreciate Beethoven.
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
The only love affair I have ever had was with music.
Competitions are for horses, not artists.
You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow. (Oscar trying to talk his way out of a speeding ticket)
Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.
Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.
I am a ham. I've no business being rock 'n' roll. I've said it over and over again that I'm a classical composer, dishevelling my personality by dabbling in rock 'n' roll.
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