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Born: 1905-01-02
Profession: Composer
Nation: English
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I am quite certain in my heart of hearts that modern music and modern art is not a conspiracy, but is a form of truth and integrity for those who practise it honestly, decently and with all their being.

Tags: Art, Music, Truth

Music is a performance and needs the audience.

Tags: Audience, Music, Needs

Beethoven suppressed everything, his personal life disappeared until he was locked inside. That is a figure quite extreme.

Tags: Life, Personal, Until

Characters are an extreme form in Shakespeare's theater.

Tags: Characters, Extreme, Theater

Conductors don't suffer, they are part of the performance.

Tags: Conductors, Suffer

I remain a humanist. We are a very curious race.

Tags: Curious, Race, Remain

I think we're all pretty odd.

Tags: Odd, Pretty

I'm outside the music I've made. I have no interest in it.

Tags: Interest, Music, Outside

I've seldom become nostalgic or settled.

Tags: Become, Nostalgic, Seldom

Music is a performing art, as any Native American will tell you. It isn't there in the score.

Tags: Art, Music, Tell

Music remains the most strange of the materials because we don't understand what happens when music moves you.

Tags: Music, Strange, Understand

Nature has different times.

Tags: Nature, Times

Poetry is fascinating. As soon as it begins the poetry has changed the thing into something extra, and somehow prose can go over into poetry.

Tags: Changed, Poetry, Soon

Public notice does not necessarily accord with internal fulfilment.

Tags: Internal, Notice, Public

Shakespeare fascinated me. He hardly ever left the country. His imagination was worldwide though reading.

Tags: Country, Reading, Though

Shiva danced the world into existence... that's a very nice thought.

Tags: Existence, Nice, Thought

The blues are like the fugue in 18th century. It's probably the music that belongs most to our time.

Tags: Blues, Music, Time

The Greek sculptor - I don't think he was very different from any of us.

Tags: Greek, Sculptor

The nearest figure to myself would be Shakespeare.

Tags: Figure, Nearest

This is something special. You can attempt to have a kind of non-living music.

Tags: Attempt, Music, Special

When we use terms we get confused, yet we have no other way.

Tags: Confused, Terms

My true function within a society which embraces all of us is to continue an age-old tradition. This tradition is to create images from the depths of the imagination and to give them form, whether visual, intellectual or musical.

Tags: Give, Society, True