Instrument Talk 22 Inspiring Composer Quotes
22 Inspiring Composer Quotes
Classical composers are sometimes just as good at quotes as they are at music. Take a look at these amazing, inspirational quotes compiled by Classic FM from some of the greatest composers of all time.
1. CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Claude Debussy: "Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art."
2. LEONARD BERNSTEIN
Leonard Bernstein: "To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time."
3. BELA BARTOK
Bela Bartok: "Competitions are for horses, not artists."
4. FRANZ LISZT
Franz Liszt: "Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist."
5. GUSTAV MAHLER
Gustav Mahler: "I am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way."
6. IGOR STRAVINSKY
Igor Stravinsky: "Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal."
7. EDWARD ELGAR
Edward Elgar: "I always said God was against art and I still believe it."
8. JOHANNES BRAHMS
Johannes Brahms: "Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind."
9. JOSEPH HAYDN
Joseph Haydn: "There was no one near to confuse me, so I was forced to become original."
10. GEORGES BIZET
George Bizet: "As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note."
11. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
J.S. Bach: "I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well."
12. ERIK SATIE
Erik Satie: "The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest."
13. ROBERT SCHUMANN
Robert Schumann: "To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist."
14. DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
Dmitri Shostakovich: "A creative artist works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with his previous one."
15. RICHARD STRAUSS
Richard Strauss: "I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer."
16. JOHN CAGE
John Cage: "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones."
17. KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN
Karlheinz Stockhausen: "I'm an adventurer. I like invention, I like discovery."
18. BENJAMIN BRITTEN
Benjamin Britten: "The old idea of a composer suddenly having a terrific idea and sitting up all night to write it is nonsense. Nighttime is for sleeping."
19. GIACOMO PUCCINI
Giacomo Puccini: "Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements."
20. MALCOLM ARNOLD
Malcolm Arnold: "Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is."
21. MAURICE RAVEL
Maurice Ravel: "The only love affair I have ever had was with music."
22. RICHARD WAGNER
Richard Wagner: "Imagination creates reality."
source: Classic FM