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Letter "C" » composer
«There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead»
«If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.»
«I occasionally play works by contemporary composers and for two reasons. First to discourage the composer from writing any more and secondly to remind myself how much I appreciate Beethoven.»
«I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.»
«Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down»
«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.»
«A good composer does not imitate; he steals»
«Rossini would have been a great composer if his teacher had spanked him enough on the backside.»
«A man with a talent does what is expected of him, makes his way, constructs, is an engineer, a composer, a builder of bridges. It's the natural order of things that he construct objects outside himself and his family. The woman who does so is aberrant. We have to expiate for this cursed talent someone handed out to us, by mistake, in the black mystery of genetics.»
Author: May Sarton
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«Richard Wagner: A composer whose music is better than it sounds»