Every day I lugged my backpack through the halls, waiting for the final bell. Then I'd race home and hole up in my room, playing the drums and the piano, composing music.
Music is enough for a lifetime - but a lifetime is not enough for music.
Music is indeed the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
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.
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Music is the space between the notes.
A good composer is slowly discovered and a bad composer is slowly found out.
I used to look at composing music as problem solving. But as I get older, it's not about problem solving anymore. There are no solutions, because there are no problems. You just turn the tap and it flows out.
Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn.
If anyone has conducted a Beethoven performance, and then doesn't have to go to an osteopath, then there's something wrong.
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.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
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.
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.
Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between.
It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.
What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven.
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.
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