Composer Quotes

 Jazz will endure as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise, but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise. We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action. It's still good advice to cross bridges as we come to them. 
Author: David Joseph Schwartz
Nationality: American   
 Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. 
Author: David Joseph Schwartz
Nationality: American   
 Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme, as their real subject. Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 I sometimes ponder on variation form and it seems to me it ought to be more restrained, purer.  
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.  
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 We cling nervously to the melody, but we don't handle it freely, we don't really make anything new out of it, we merely overload it. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 What would become of all historical biography if it was written only with consideration for other peoples' feelings? 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 A symphony is no joke. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution. 
Author: David Joseph Schwartz
Nationality: German   
 Do what you fear and fear disappears. 
Author: David Joseph Schwartz
Nationality: German   
 How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking. 
Author: David Joseph Schwartz
Nationality: German   
 In the large cities that received new Americans, there flowered a golden age of restaurants, manned by the available talent from abroad and fueled by the restless wealth of the newly rich. 
Author: David Joseph Schwartz
Nationality: German   
 Look at things... as they can be. 
Author: David Joseph Schwartz
Nationality: German   
 The success combination in business is: Do what you do better... and: do more of what you do. 
Author: David Joseph Schwartz
Nationality: German   
 There is a good side to every situation. 
Author: David Joseph Schwartz
Nationality: German   
 Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. 
Author: David Joseph Schwartz
Nationality: German   
 To fight fear, act. To increase fear - wait, put off postpone. 
Author: David Joseph Schwartz
Nationality: German   
 If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 Music is for me like a beautiful mosaic which God has put together. He takes all the pieces in his hand, throws them into the world, and we have to recreate the picture from the pieces. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 If I could express the same thing with words as with music, I would, of course, use a verbal expression. Music is something autonomous and much richer. Music begins where the possibilities of language end. That is why I write music. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 Whereas most other modern composers are engaged in manufacturing cocktails of every hue and description, I offer the public pure cold water. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 It is so difficult to mix with artists! You must choose business men to talk to, because artists only talk of money. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 The framework of a symphony must be so strong that it forces you to follow it, regardless of the environment and circumstances. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 I often conduct an orchestra in my sleep; my orchestras are so huge that the back desks of the violas vanish into the horizon. And everything is so wonderful. 
Author: Jean Sibelius
Nationality: Finnish
b. 8 December 1865  - d. 20 September 1957
  
 To regret the past, to hope in the future, and never to be satisfied with the present: that is what I spend my whole life doing. 
Author: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Nationality: Russian   
 I am made up of contradictions, and I have reached a very mature age without resting upon anything positive, without having calmed my restless spirit either by religion or philosophy. Undoubtedly I should have gone mad but for music. Music is indeed the most beautiful of all Heaven's gifts to humanity wandering in the darkness. Alone it calms, enlightens, and stills our souls. It is not the straw to which the drowning man clings; but a true friend, refuge, and comforter, for whose sake life is worth living 
Author: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Nationality: Russian   
 What I need is to believe in myself again - for my faith has been greatly undermined; it seems to me my role is over. 
Author: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Nationality: Russian   
 Just as I was starting on my journey the idea came to me for a new symphony, this time with a program, but a program which will remain an enigma to all - let them guess it who can. It will be called "A Programmatic Symphony" (No. 6). During my trip, while composing in my mind, I frequently shed tears. When I got home I settled down to sketch it, and the work went so furiously that I had the first movement completely ready in less than four days and the remaining movements are already clearly outlined in my head. Half the third movement is already done. There will be much innovation of form in this symphony - and incidentally, the finale will not be a noisy allegro but, on the contrary, a long drawn-out adagio. You can't imagine what bliss I feel, being convinced that my time is not yet passed and I can still work. Perhaps, of course, I'm mistaken, but I don't think so. 
Author: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Nationality: Russian   
 I played over the music of that scoundrel Brahms. What a giftless bastard! It annoys me that this self-inflated mediocrity is hailed as a genius. 
Author: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Nationality: Russian   
 Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them. 
Author: Johannes Brahms
Nationality: German
b. 7 May 1833  - d. 3 April 1897
  
 America can well expect to develop a goodly amount of composers for she has a goodly number of people. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 American teachers have one indisputable advantage over foreign ones; they understand the American temperament and can judge its unevenness, its lights and its shadows. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Any composer who is gloriously conscious that he is a composer must believe that he receives his inspiration from a source higher than himself. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Anybody can write music of a sort. But touching the public heart is quite another thing. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Composers are the only people who can hear good music above bad sounds. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 From childhood I was passionately fond of music and wanted to be a musician. I have no recollection of any real desire ever to be anything else. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Governmental aid is a drawback rather than an assistance, as, although it may facilitate in the routine of artistic production, it is an impediment to the development of true artistic genius. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Grand opera is the most powerful of stage appeals and that almost entirely through the beauty of music. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I am happy now, to recall that I was not only his son but his companion, and whenever there was a hunting expedition or any other pleasure, I was always with him. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I can almost always write music; at any hour of the twenty-four, if I put pencil to paper, music comes. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I firmly believe that we have more latent musical talent in America than there is in any other country. But to dig it out there must be good music throughout the land, a lot of it. Everyone must hear it, and such a process takes time. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I had found English audiences highly satisfactory. They are the best listeners in the world. Perhaps the music-lovers of some of our larger cities equal the English, but I do not believe they can be surpassed in that respect. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I have always believed that 98% of a student's progress is due to his own efforts, and 2% to his teacher. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I still feel the impulse to give young writers a hearing, and I believe I have played more unpublished compositions than any other band leader in the country. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 I think that the quality of all bands is steadily improving and it is a pleasant thought to me that perhaps the efforts of Sousa's Band have quickened that interest and improved that quality. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Is it not the business of the conductor to convey to the public in its dramatic form the central idea of a composition; and how can he convey that idea successfully if he does not enter heart and soul into the life of the music and the tale it unfolds? 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 My religion lies in my composition. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 My success is not due to any personal superiority over other people. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 No nation as young as America can be expected to become immediately a power in the arts. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Remember always that the composer's pen is still mightier than the bow of the violinist; in you, lie all the possibilities of the creation of beauty. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 Sincere composers believe in God. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 The average music-lover hears only the production under prevailing conditions. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 The movements which I make I cannot possibly repress because, at the time, I am actually the idea I am interpreting, and naturally I picture my players and auditors as in accord with me. I know, of course, that my mannerisms have been widely discussed. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 The office of President is a great one; to every true American it seems the greatest on earth. And to me, as I was engaged in weaving a background of music for the pageantry of it, there came a deeper realization of the effect of that office on the man. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 There is much modern music that is better adapted to a wind combination than to a string, although for obvious reasons originally scored for an orchestra. If in such cases the interpretation is equal to the composition the balance of a wind combination is more satisfying. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 There is one thing that freezes a musician more than the deadliest physical cold, and that is the spiritual chill of an unresponsive audience! 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  
 To the average mind popular music would mean compositions vulgarly conceived and commonplace in their treatment. That is absolutely false. 
Author: John Philip Sousa
Nationality: American
b. 06 November 1854  - d. 06 March 1932
  




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