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A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will
by Frank Zappa

A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will
on unsuspecting air molecules,
often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
- Frank Zappa

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture.
The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
- Frank Zappa

There are more love songs than anything else.
If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.
- Frank Zappa

Music is always a commentary on society.
- Frank Zappa

 

Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch
of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
- Frank Zappa

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.
- Frank Zappa

No change in musical style will survive unless it is
accompanied by a change in clothing style.
Rock is to dress up to.
- Frank Zappa

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There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe,
and it has a longer shelf life.
- Frank Zappa

Most rock journalism is people who can't write,
interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read.
- Frank Zappa

I never set out to be weird.
It was always other people who called me weird.
- Frank Zappa

All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.
- Frank Zappa

It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice.
There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork,
and the other is nostalgia.
- Frank Zappa

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline.
It helps if you have some kind of a football team,
or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.
- Frank Zappa

Most people wouldn't know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.
- Frank Zappa

Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.
- Frank Zappa

Without deviation progress is not possible.
- Frank Zappa

If you want to get laid, go to college.
If you want an education, go to the library.
- Frank Zappa

The computer can't tell you the emotional story.
It can give you the exact mathematical design,
but what's missing is the eyebrows.
- Frank Zappa

Everybody believes in something and everybody,
by virtue of the fact that they believe in something,
uses that something to support their own existence.
- Frank Zappa

One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people
will agree with you only if they already agree with you.
You do not change people's minds.
- Frank Zappa

You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say,
so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.
- Frank Zappa

I searched for years I found no love.
I'm sure that love will never be a product of plasticity.
- Frank Zappa

The United States is a nation of laws:
badly written and randomly enforced.
- Frank Zappa

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
- Frank Zappa

Some scientists claim that hydrogen,
because it is so plentiful,
is the basic building block of the universe.
I dispute that.
I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen,
and that is the basic building block of the universe.
- Frank Zappa

If a composer could say what he had to say in words
he would not bother trying to say it in music.
- Gustav Mahler

I am but an architectural composer.
- Alexander Jackson Davis

I continued to study Math and Physics on my own,
but one and a half years later I realized that I did want to be a composer,
and after that I never changed my mind.
- Gyorgy Legeti

If a composer has a nice wife and some nice children,
how can he let the children starve on his dissonances?
- Charles Ives

The modern composer builds upon the foundation of truth.
- Claudio Monteverdi

I also had a brother who was like me a musician and a composer.
A man of great talent, far more gifted than I. He died very young...
he killed himself in the prime of his life.
- Gustav Mahler

Like any other composer of opera, I choose a subject
not for polemical reasons,
but because it contains vivid characters in highly
charged dramatic situations.
- Carlisle Floyd

I feel very free and very happy to be a composer.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

We consider Monteverdi the first composer of opera.
There was someone before, but everything started with Monteverdi.
- Cecilia Bartoli

It's understanding the intention of a composer that
allows a producer and an arranger to make those moments speak.
- Michael Bolton

To me, all writing is like music.
And especially dialogue.
I studied music in college; that is what I wanted to be,
a composer.
Acting got me sidetracked.
- Dirk Benedict

I think a composer is always interested in his last work.
- Gyorgy Legeti

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.
- Igor Stravinsky

I think it's good for the composer to teach because
you always have new students and you have to begin
at the beginning and make things clear.
- John Corigliano

Why should the composer be more guilty than the poet
who warms to fantasy by a strange flame,
making an idea that inspires him the subject of his
own very different treatment?
- Franz Schubert

Today each composer is not only involved in aesthetics,
but he's actually trying to create his own language.
- Leo Ornstein

The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination.
But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand
fiddlers to one composer.
- Charles Kettering

Do you know that my very first experience as a composer
was a 'Concerto for Accordion?'
- Alfred Schnittke

Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels
it so intently he must sing it out.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

I am not so complicated or intelligent a composer,
nor am I very interested in becoming so.
I am much more happy doing what I know I can do than
what I am not sure I could do.
- Giorgio Moroder

I probably belong to a type of composer of songs who
keeps thinking about melody...
I am old fashioned.
- Toru Takemitsu

I like a composer called Henry Purcell,
and I love to listen to Neil Young.
- Cornelia Funke

A composer knows that music is written by human beings
for human beings and that music is a continuation of life,
not something separated from it.
- Hanns Eisler

I began my career with infantile dreams of becoming a composer.
- Ivor Novello

Pianists call me a composer, composers call me a pianist.
The classicists think me a futurist,
and the futurists call me a reactionary.
- Anton Rubinstein

A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
- Igor Stravinsky

With Hitchcock I had little relationship.
I was called to replace Bernard Herrmann,
his favorite composer, in Torn Curtain,
after the bitter fight between them.
- Maurice Jarre

The difference between the student and the born composer
is he really hears the thing,
and they have to stage it and manipulate it by technical equipment.
- Leo Ornstein

It's nice to have a great female composer in the program and add her color.
- Cecilia Bartoli

Americans can pretty much sing anything,
whereas foreign singers are often limited in style,
language, even composer.
- Marilyn Horne

I'm not an intellectual composer.
- Les Baxter

Other, far fewer, directors are more like the composer -
conceptualizing the piece,
scoring it, distributing its musical lines among a range of registers,
chords, and instruments.
- Thomas Harrison

It is conceivable that what is unified form to the
author or composer may of necessity be formless to his audience.
- Charles Ives

That is the way a great master carpenter feels,
or an architect or composer or anyone who creates anything -
people want to be appreciated for what they have done.
- David Amram

The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired,
but becomes inspired because he is working.
- Ernest Newman

Soon, I knew that I would become a chemist,
rather than a composer.
- Richard Ernst

Yes, Carl Vine stuck around.
He's now number one composer for choreography.
- Graeme Murphy

Any composer who is gloriously conscious that he is
a composer must believe that he receives his inspiration
from a source higher than himself.
- John Philip Sousa

Asking the author of historical novels to teach you
about history is like expecting the composer of a melody
to provide answers about radio transmission.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

I've always been a composer dependent on texts.
- David Del Tredici

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.
- John Philip Sousa

Wagner is a composer who has beautiful moments but awful quarter hours.
- Gioachino Rossini

I was meant to be a composer and will be I'm sure.
Don't ask me to try to forget this unpleasant thing and go play football -
please.
- Samuel Barber

I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.
- Richard Strauss

It's not a special taste.
An American composer should have something to say to a cab driver.
- Morton Gould

That is basically me, and although I have done many things in my life -
conducting,
playing piano, and so on - what is fundamental is my being a composer.
- Morton Gould


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