Igor Stravinsky's Quotes
Biography of Igor Stravinsky
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
Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.Tags: Lives, Playing, Spend
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
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.Tags: Between, Music, Time
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
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
Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music. 'Classic' music eliminates the conductor; we do not remember him in it.Tags: Him, Music, Romantic
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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.Tags: Genius, Human, Rhythm
Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.Tags: Beginning, Eating, Work