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Aaron Copland Quotes

8 Aaron Copland quotes:

"When I speak of the gifted listener, I am thinking of the nonmusician primarily, of the listener who intends to retain his amateur status. It is the thought of just such a listener that excites the composer in me."
Author: Copland Quotes Category: Listening Quotes
"You compose because you want to somehow summarize in some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive, to set down ... some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now, today."
Author: Copland Quotes Category: Feelings Quotes
"There is something about music that keeps its distance even at the moment that it engulfs us. It is at the same time outside and away from us and inside and part of us. In one sense it dwarfs us, and in another we master it. We are led on and on, and yet in some strange way we never lose control."
Author: Copland Quotes Category: Music Quotes
"Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness."
"Listening to the Fifth Symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams is like staring at a cow for forty-five minutes"
Author: Copland Quotes Category: Listening Quotes
"Here were the tart herbs of plain American speech, the pasture, without the flowers of elocution... the clean rhythms... the irony and the homespun tenderness that, in a fine perforation, reached a sustained exaltation."
"To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable."
Author: Copland Quotes Category: Music Quotes American Composer Quotes
"So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning."
Author: Copland Quotes Category: Living Quotes American Composer Quotes

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