Best 137 of Composer quotes - MyQuotes
I often wonder if I was destined to be a composer. I think I decided and I followed my star.
Once embarked on a course of sensationalism, the composer is forced into a descending spiral spin from which only the most experienced pilot can flatten out in time.
Make your book of life a musical. Never abandon obligations, but have fun leaving behind a colorful legacy. Never allow anybody to be the composer of your own destiny. Take control of your life, and never allow limitations implanted by society tell you how your music is supposed to sound — or how your book is supposed to be written.
Ludwig Van Beethoven
It is the power of music to carry one directly into the mental state of the composer.
This whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, “Is there a meaning to music?” My answer to that would be, “Yes.” And “Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?” My answer to that would be, “No.”
There was that sound again--snap, then a footfall. She tried to whirl around as a dark form--Dear God--sprang with a splash from the darkness--grabbed her from behind, shoved her under the water.
There are two characters in me: a doodler and a tuner. And the only thing that makes me go crazy is when they both fight for their turn.
There's always been good and bad music. Many composers hide behind modern music in order to not make music.
It may well be that some composers do not believe in God. All of them, however, believe in Bach.
Not all, but too many of the best writers, composers, and artists of our time begin to be acclaimed only when they no longer have anything to say and take to performing instead of stating.
I always wanted to be a spontaneous composer.
Composers combine notes, that's all.
Stravinsky the composer I worship. Stravinsky the thinker I despise.
I probably belong to a type of composer of songs who keeps thinking about melody... I am old fashioned.
Did I become court composer through masterful procrastination? Hardly!
If anyone has conducted a Beethoven performance, and then doesn't have to go to an osteopath, then there's something wrong.
Let us not forget that the greatest composers were also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere.
A composer who can lift the spirit of a million people with a song, is a definite force for good.
I just scribbled away and eventually a C-major chord was there. I didn't ever decide I was going to be a composer. It was like being tall. It's what I was. It's what I did.
I'm a nut for Bach as a composer.
In a timepiece, a sweep of a second hand is so slim in a way that it doesn't wait for no man, and that's why we choose to conceive things from the heart.
A deaf composer's like a cook who's lost his sense of taste. A frog that's lost its webbed feet. A truck driver with his license revoked. That would throw anybody for a loop, don't you think? But Beethoven didn't let it get to him. Sure, he must have been a little depressed at first, but he didn't let misfortune get him down. It was like, Problem? What problem? He composed more than ever and came up with better music than anything he'd ever written. I really admire the guy. Like this Archduke Trio--he was nearly deaf when he wrote it, can you believe it? What I'm trying to say is, it must be tough on you not being able to read, but it's not the end of the world. You might not be able to read, but there are things only you can do. That's what you gotta focus on--your strengths. Like being able to talk with the stone.
There are wonderful composers and librettists out there. It's the lack of creative producers that is troubling.
I am a composer in search of oblivion; and I'm always slightly ashamed to admit that I compose.
Composers need words, but they do not necessarily need poetry. The Russian composer, Aleksandr Mossolov, who chose texts from newspaper small ads, had a good point to make. With revolutionary music, any text can be set to work.
My primary calling, I always knew since the age of 11, was as a composer, and so that had to take priority.
We are all beautiful instruments of God. He created many notes in music so that we would not be stuck playing the same song. Be music always. Keep changing the keys, tones, pitch, and volume of each of the songs you create along your journey and play on. Nobody will ever reach ultimate perfection in this lifetime, but trying to achieve it is a full-time job. Start now and don't stop. Make your book of life a musical. Never abandon obligations, but have fun leaving behind a colorful legacy. Never allow anybody to be the composer of your own destiny. Take control of your life, and never allow limitations implanted by society, tell you how your music is supposed to sound — or how your book is supposed to be written.
John Edensor Littlewood
I listen only to Bach, Beethoven or Mozart. Life is too short to waste on other composers.
Even if, in one or other of them, I had a particular word or words in mind, I would not tell anyone, because the same word means different things to different people. Only the songs say the same thing, arouse the same feeling, in everyone - a feeling that can't be expressed in words.
We consider Monteverdi the first composer of opera. There was someone before, but everything started with Monteverdi.
The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing
The terms that Sforza Cesarini offered Rossini, 400 Roman Scudi, were not ungenerous, though it must have been galling for Rossini to see the Figaro, Luigi Zamboni, getting almost twice as much, and the Almaviva, Manuel Garcia, being offered three times the amount. Of the first-night cast, only the 'altro buffo', Bartolomeo Botticelli, who played Bartolo, and the 'seconda donna', Elisabetta Lowselet, who played Berta, were paid less than the composer.
composition is notation of distortion of what composers think they've heard before. Masterpieces are marvelous misquotations.
You know creators, composers, need a palette for life, a color for life.
My dream was always to be a composer, but fashion came very easily.
A composer's job involves the decoration of fragments of time.
Brahms' Variations are better than mine, but mine were written before his.
I feel very free and very happy to be a composer.
I shall always respect the composer. If I embellish, it is his idea I am embellishing.
Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors and composers have written a good part, a fact which is often overlooked.
Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels it so intently he must sing it out.
[Composers] Mark [Shaiman] and Scott [Wittman] are unreal.
I have tremendous respect for film composers.
John Philip Sousa
Sincere composers believe in God.
As an artist suffering from insomnia and working from my apartment, I had an artistic freedom to explore and create awesome stuff. I wore a robe and slippers as my work dress code. These are the days when creativity is my best imaginary friend. And I was crazy enough to create what people would call masterpieces.
As a composer I approached the drums differently than a non-composing drummer. I embraced drum machines.
Of all composers, past and present, I am the least learned. I mean that in all seriousness, and by learning I do not mean knowledge of music.
I have declared that I will work free of cost with those composers who are passionate about their work. Sohail Sen is one such lad, whose music in Banjaara has been liked a lot.
Well, American composers are the best composers. At this time in the world, we are where the energy is. We are the most diverse, the most iconoclastic, the most maverick, and the most skillful.
The composers hated me. The singers detested me. The guitarists were terrified by me.