Lukas Foss Quotes


29 Lukas Foss quotes:



"For years that may mean imitation. Then, one day, it is like a door opening, and a new thought comes in. Why not try this instead. Suddenly he is doing something original, almost in spite of himself."
"I don't dare postulate about science, but I know that it takes both emotion and intellect in order for art to happen."
"I still do not know where the notes will come from when I accept a commission for a new work."
"If one uses music that one does not really love, then one will not succeed in making it one's own."
"It is the element I miss in electronic music - no performance, no loving immersion. Maybe that is why I was never particularly drawn to electronic music."
"My students frequently ask what their next project should be. My advice: immerse yourself in the music you love and you will find what you want to do; you will discover your next project."
"Truth is a big concept."
"The fact that Stravinsky used the classics as a major influence is obvious. What is interesting is how he used them, how he turned Bach into Stravinsky."
"Anybody can put things together that belong together. to put things together that don't go together, and make it work, that takes genius like Mozart's. Yet he is presented in the play Amadeus as a kind of silly boy whom the gods loved."
"The creative act is like writing a letter. A letter is a project; you don't sit down to write a letter unless you know what you want to say and to whom you want to say it."
"It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions. The same applies to the arts."
"Most artists have experienced the creative block. We get stuck in our work. We beat our head against the wall: nothing. Sometimes, it is because we are trying something at the wrong time."
"Mozart wrote so many works in his thirty-five years that it would take a lifetime just to write out the notes. We literally do not know how he did it."
"That is why the analogy of stealing does not work. With a thief, we want to know how much money he stole, and from whom. With the artist it is not how much he took and from whom, but what he did with it."
"To come to grips with creativity, I must ask creative, adventurous questions - the kind which, in all likelihood, cannot be answered."
"Any creator owes a debt to past creation."
"Great music does not just make me feel good. It means something. It makes us understand. It makes us happy."
"I strongly suggest that we play down basics like who influenced whom, and instead study the way the influence is transformed, in other words: how the artist made it his own."
"Since age seven, I've been composing and have never stopped composing, yet, the creative process is as elusive to me as it has ever been."
"Why do we pigeonhole and label an artist? It is a sure way of missing the important, the contradictory, the things that make him or her unique."



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