If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
The greatest composer does not sit down to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.
My dream was always to be a composer, but fashion came very easily.
Any composer who is gloriously conscious that he is a composer must believe that he receives his inspiration from a source higher than himself.
I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.
Composers dialogue - and obsessively, bitterly argue - with other composers, often over the span of several centuries.
A characteristic of older folksongs, in most cases, is that we don't know their composers or authors. Older folksongs were written often with no commercial purpose in mind. They were passed down by word of mouth, from generation to generation.
I've got a collection of songs that I've had, I keep adding to and they're all great American composers. I wanted to showcase American composers and I've done that on a lot of my records and played things by American composers that I really respect.
Americans can pretty much sing anything, whereas foreign singers are often limited in style, language, even composer.
The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing
Composers are the only people who can hear good music above bad sounds.
There are no black film composers doing the likes of Star Wars, doing the likes of E.T., doing the likes of Jurassic Park. There are none, nor will there ever be one. That ain't about to happen!
I feel that I belong to the 19th century. Some composers' music is very topical. It almost says, 'This is about what I read in newspapers yesterday.' Not mine.
Intelligent analysis of the composer's intention and strict adherence to it automatically ensures sincerity.
Many composers today don't know what the human throat is.
Composers are not all good conductors.
What inspires me is not so much the music as the opportunity to interact with composers. I think that has driven everything I've done.
A hundred years ago, of course, the question that the German Composers' Co-operative asked itself sounded a lot more fundamental: How do you create a fair share for those who ensure that works can actually be performed at all?
Today each composer is not only involved in aesthetics, but he's actually trying to create his own language.
The composers could no longer direct all performances in person, and so the responsibility of interpreting their works in the spirit in which they had been conceived was placed upon conductors.
It doesn't necessarily mean at all that the composer plays his own works best.
To me, all writing is like music. And especially dialogue. I studied music in college; that is what I wanted to be, a composer. Acting got me sidetracked.
Do you know that my very first experience as a composer was a 'Concerto for Accordion?
When you have great songs that are going to live longer than the composers, everything you can do to bring those different elements and nuances out, serve the song
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