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Quotations by author » Igor Stravinsky
Russian-born modern composer, 1882-1971
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A good composer does not imitate; he steals
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A plague on eminence! I hardly dare cross the street anymore without a convoy, and I am stared at wherever I go like an idiot member of a royal family or an animal in a zoo; and zoo animals have been known to die from stares
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Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music. 'Classic' music eliminates the conductor; we do not remember him in it.
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Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has to the book I am reading
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Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.
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I am an inventor of music.
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I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity.
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I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
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I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I've felt it
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I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust
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I remember being handed a score composed by Mozart at the age of eleven. What could I say? I felt like de Kooning, who was asked to comment on a certain abstract painting, and answered in the negative. He was then told it was the work of a celebrated monk
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I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach, living in anonymity and composing regularly for an established service and for God
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In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?
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Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?
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It's one of nature's ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us.
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Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.
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Just as appetite comes from eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning
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Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
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Money may kindle, but it cannot by itself, and for very long, burn
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Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.
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