Best 137 of Composer quotes - MyQuotes
The terror of performing never goes away. Instead, you get very, very comfortable being terrified.
The (photographic) negative is the equivalent of the composers score and the print is the equivalent of the conductors performance.
As a kid I never knew what I wanted to be when I grow up, but the only thing I knew was that I wanted to create things. And then I wanted to be an astronaut. I would paint stars and the atmosphere and then frame and hang the universe up on my bedroom wall. A few years down the line while I was still stargazing, I came to realize that I’m halfway around the world chasing something and the whole time it’s in my backyard. From the very beginning I was who I always wanted to be.
A society that bases its well-being on consumption, on the gain and accumulation of money is a sick and wrong society.
John Philip Sousa
Sincere composers believe in God.
When I am with composers, I say I am a conductor. When I am with conductors, I say I am a composer.
I always wanted to be a spontaneous composer.
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.
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.
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.
I am writing something which I find satisfying and which I am prepared to put my name to as a composer.
I shall always respect the composer. If I embellish, it is his idea I am embellishing.
I am a composer in search of oblivion; and I'm always slightly ashamed to admit that I compose.
I just have to take my chances like any other composer.
I probably belong to a type of composer of songs who keeps thinking about melody... I am old fashioned.
It's hard to decide how to match words to music. It's not like it's twice the work. It's always difficult for me to explain to the composer what I'm looking for. I'm not a professional; I lack even basic knowledge about writing music
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.
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 large part of my work has been collaborating with composers; I think we've commissioned about 140 pieces now, a lot of them percussion concertos.
Any asshole can write a tone-row. It takes a composer to write a tune.
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.
Cowards say it can't be done, critics say it shouldn't have been done, creator say well done.
Most of the important composers in our country are clustered in the Northeast.
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.
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.
It's the vision of the composer that we have to determine, and not the absolute mathematical adherence of the score. In my experience, there have been occasions where I feel that a composer has not notated something as they meant to have it represented.
Human warmth is perhaps the most lacking in a composer who lives his life in a recording studio.
The model of a composer.
A composer's job involves the decoration of fragments of time.
To call somebody a Jewish composer is obviously redundant.
Did I become court composer through masterful procrastination? Hardly!
I always felt that one day I would have to make the change in my own life, bite the bullet and see what it is to be a composer who conducts rather than the other way around.
(From Boulez, an authorized biography by Joan Peyser) At the chapel door he [a priest associated with a school Boulez attended] asked me if what he had been told was true: that Boulez no longer believed in God. I said it was...
Sometime in high school it dawned on me that perhaps I was a little different...I realized music wasn't swirling in the minds of my friends drowning out conversations and making it difficult to concentrate in class. I concluded I had a some sort of mental illness and that it was best to keep it to myself.
In Hollywood, the rainbow hits the ground for composers.
There's always been good and bad music. Many composers hide behind modern music in order to not make music.
The composers hated me. The singers detested me. The guitarists were terrified by me.
John Edensor Littlewood
I listen only to Bach, Beethoven or Mozart. Life is too short to waste on other composers.
I got interested in the idea of music that could make itself, in a sense, in the mid 1960s really, when I first heard composers like Terry Riley, and when I first started playing with tape recorders.
I think that one of the things that influences me most as a composer is to what extent I can deconstruct and reconstruct the material that I'm working with.
Composers can do things that weren't allowed in the 17th century. Until we had composers like Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff to break the rules.
A good composer is slowly discovered and a bad composer is slowly found out.
Claude Debussy was a rare phenomenon a composer profoundly and subversively revolutionary.
My primary calling, I always knew since the age of 11, was as a composer, and so that had to take priority.
I'm blessed to be working with wizards like Vishal Bhardwaj as well as many young composers.
Paul Thomas Anderson
To make a film, the final big collaborator that you have is the composer.
composition is notation of distortion of what composers think they've heard before. Masterpieces are marvelous misquotations.
The Prince stood beside the timpanist to count his rests for him and see that he came in in the right place. I suppressed all the trumpet passages which were clearly beyond the players' grasp. The solitary trombone was left to his own devices; but as he wisely confined himself to the notes with which he was thoroughly familiar, such as A flat, D and F, and was careful to avoid all others, his success in the role was almost entirely a silent one.
I feel very free and very happy to be a composer.