German Composer Quotes

123 German Composer quotes:

"I sometimes ponder on variation form and it seems to me it ought to be more restrained, purer."
"By concentrating on precision, one arrives at technique, but by concentrating on technique one does not arrive at precision."
"If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon."
"Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them."
"Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration."
"If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place."
"We cling nervously to the melody, but we don't handle it freely, we don't really make anything new out of it, we merely overload it."
"These seem to me so ambiguous, so vague, so easily misunderstood in comparison to genuine music, which fills the soul with a thousand things better than words."
"Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm."
"Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind."
"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."
"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."
"If one uses music that one does not really love, then one will not succeed in making it one's own."
"In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration began to replace the word idea in the arts."
"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."
"The best way to investigate the elusive phenomenon called the creative process may well be to target all the misconceptions, to explain what the creative process is not."
"There is another interesting paradox here: by immersing ourselves in what we love, we find ourselves. We do not lose ourselves. One does not lose one's identity by falling in love."
"As everyone else, I was a fan of Pink Floyd in the sixties."

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