Words

about music, concerts, the arts in Canada, and more. A collection of essays and blogs (which I’ve embedded here all in one place).

Famous composer quotes

…composers whose words inspire…

  • "It isn't false modesty when I say this, but although I am supposed to be a famous person it doesn't mean anything to me. I just sit at home and work." — Gyorgy Ligeti

  • "Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end." — Igor Stravinsky

  • "When you look at the scores of young composers, very often you don’t have time to look at the scores completely. But the most important moment is the first change. The composer comes and establishes an idea that everybody understands. Everybody can have an idea. Everybody. The problem is to have a second one. This is a greater problem. And the major problem is to know where and when to bring in this second idea. And very often, you realize after a few pages that he is not a musician. He does the wrong thing." — Gerard Grisey

  • "Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light." — Claude Debussy

  • “Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

  • “For me there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.” ― Eric Clapton

  • “Where words leave off, music begins.” ― Heinrich Heine

  • “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” ― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "Music is the silence between the notes." — Claude Debussy

  • “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..” ― Pablo Casals

  • “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” ― Robert Fripp

  • “Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” ― Frank Zappa, Real Frank Zappa Book

  • “Music is...a higher revelation than all wisdom & philosophy” ― Ludwig van Beethoven