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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Composer
Nation: Russian
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A plague on eminence! I hardly dare cross the street anymore without a convoy, and I am stared at wherever I go like an idiot member of a royal family or an animal in a zoo; and zoo animals have been known to die from stares.

Tags: Die, Family, Idiot

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.

Tags: Knowledge, Life, Wisdom

I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach, living in anonymity and composing regularly for an established service and for God.

Tags: God, Life, Time

The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.

Tags: God, Greatest, Music

I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.

Tags: Felt, Life, Music

Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.

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Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

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The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.

Tags: Execution, Precision, Self

Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?

Tags: Alone, Love, Succeed

The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead.

Tags: Love, Music, Respect

Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.

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In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?

Tags: Create, Love, Order

Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.

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A good composer does not imitate; he steals.

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To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.

Tags: Effort, Hear, Listen

Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading.

Tags: Book, Living, Music

My music is best understood by children and animals.

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I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity.

Tags: Today, Tomorrow, Truth

The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting, any more than it has any reason for ending.

Tags: Music, Principle, Reason

The real composer thinks about his work the whole time; he is not always conscious of this, but he is aware of it later when he suddenly knows what he will do.

Tags: Real, Time, Work

Money may kindle, but it cannot by itself, and for very long, burn.

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Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music. 'Classic' music eliminates the conductor; we do not remember him in it.

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I am an inventor of music.

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I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust.

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Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.

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Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.

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What force is more potent than love?

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What gives the artist real prestige is his imitators.

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Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?

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