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…

  • "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." — Igor Stravinsky

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

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

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

  • “Too bad people can't always be playing music, maybe then there wouldn't be any more wars.” ― Margot Benary-Isbert, Rowan Farm

  • “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius, The Book of Rites

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

  • “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

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

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

  • "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

  • "I cannot conceive of music that expresses absolutely nothing." — Bela Bartok