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…

  • “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

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

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

  • “My freedom thus consists in my moving about within the narrow frame that I have assigned to myself for each one of my undertakings. I shall go even further: my freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees oneself of the claims that shackle the spirit.” — Igor Stravinsky, Poetics of Music

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

  • "Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art." — Claude Debussy

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

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

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

  • "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

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

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