Composing a piece of music is very feminine. It is sensitive, emotional, contemplative. By comparison, doing housework is positively masculine.
I am composing like a god, as if it simply had to be done as it has been done.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Works of art make rules but rules do not make works of art.
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
What I wanted and what I visualized while composing has not always been realized.
However, I began composing as soon as I started taking piano lessons.
There will have to be times when I'm not conducting because I'm composing. I haven't solved that problem, and perhaps I never will.
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!
There is nothing greater than the joy of composing something oneself and then listening to it.
I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore. I picked up a volume of Dickinson's poetry. I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
The most interesting aspect for me, composing exclusively with patterns, is that there is not one organizational procedure more advantageous than another, perhaps because no one pattern ever takes precedence over the others
Film composing is a splendid discipline, and I recommend a course of it to all composition teachers whose pupils are apt to be dawdling in their ideas, or whose every bar is sacred and must not be cut or altered.
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