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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Composer
Nation: American
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Every great inspiration is but an experiment.

Tags: Experiment, Great

In 'thinking up' music I usually have some kind of a brass band with wings on it in back of my mind.

Tags: Mind, Music, Thinking

But maybe music was not intended to satisfy the curious definiteness of man. Maybe it is better to hope that music may always be transcendental language in the most extravagant sense.

Tags: Hope, May, Music

If a composer has a nice wife and some nice children, how can he let the children starve on his dissonances?

Tags: Children, Nice, Wife

One thing I am certain of is that, if I have done anything good in music, it was, first, because of my father, and second, because of my wife.

Tags: Good, Music, Wife

The fabric of existence weaves itself whole.

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If a poet knows more about a horse than he does about heaven, he might better stick to the horse, and some day the horse may carry him into heaven.

Tags: Him, May, Might

It is conceivable that what is unified form to the author or composer may of necessity be formless to his audience.

Tags: Audience, May, Necessity

Vagueness is at times an indication of nearness to a perfect truth.

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You cannot set art off in a corner and hope for it to have vitality, reality, and substance.

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A rare experience of a moment at daybreak, when something in nature seems to reveal all consciousness, cannot be explained at noon. Yet it is part of the day's unity.

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Expression, to a great extent, is a matter of terms, and terms are anyone's. The meaning of 'God' may have a billion interpretations if there be that many souls in the world.

Tags: God, Great, May

There can be nothing exclusive about substantial art. It comes directly out of the heart of the experience of life and thinking about life and living life.

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I admire pop songs that are perfect at three minutes.

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I think everything should be in verse. 'The New York Times' should be in verse.

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Lists are anti-democratic, discriminatory, elitist, and sometimes the print is too small.

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Plays are always about intense relationships, whether they're intense love relationships or family relationships or existential relationships.

Tags: Family, Love, Whether

With my plays, when the lights go down, at least the audience isn't thinking, 'Oh, God, two more hours of this.'

Tags: Audience, God, Thinking

Necessarily, I'm always involved in casting, as any playwright is, because the whole process of putting on a play is a collaborative, organic effort on the part of a bunch of people trying to think alike.

Tags: Effort, Trying, Whole

Verse comedy is interesting to me because of the challenge of writing in rhymed couplets, which is not a form that's usually amenable to English, yet to me it gives great possibility for comedy.

Tags: Challenge, Great, Writing

Writing a play, you start with less, so more is demanded of you. It's as if you have to not only write a symphony, but invent the instruments as well.

Tags: Start, Write, Writing