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Hanns Eisler Quotes and Sayings

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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

Someone who knows only music, understands nothing about it.
- Hanns Eisler

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

 

Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned
by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down.
- Hector Berlioz

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

Originally, I wanted to be a composer.
I always tell people, 'I think of myself as a composer.'
- Ornette Coleman

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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

I'm trying to interpret the film through the director's head,
but it all comes out through me.
So, a composer is kind of like a psychic medium.
- Danny Elfman

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

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

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

I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself.
I want it to sound like the composer.
- Leonard Bernstein

The thing about influence is that any composer worth
anything will give you the same names.
- Harrison Birtwistle

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

In any case, Ives encouraged me to go into music even
though he himself had such a hard time being a composer.
- Elliott Carter

The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score,
and the print the performance.
- Ansel Adams

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

My dream was always to be a composer,
but fashion came very easily.
- Gianni Versace

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

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

There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead.
- Arthur Honegger

I'm not an architectural composer.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I shall always respect the composer.
If I embellish, it is his idea I am embellishing.
- Kate Smith

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

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

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

The negative is comparable to the composer's score
and the print to its performance.
Each performance differs in subtle ways.
- Ansel Adams

I'm glad I won it because when I grew up the Pulitzer
was the award that every composer wanted and I was like that too.
- John Corigliano

It doesn't necessarily mean at all that the composer
plays his own works best.
- Leo Ornstein

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

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

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

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

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

Well, let me, first of all, say, that as a microtonal composer,
I've never been much of a theorist.
- John Eaton

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 that one of the things that influences me most
as a composer is to what extent I can deconstruct and
reconstruct the material that I'm working with.
- Fred Frith

You become a great composer when you win a Pulitzer.
But I think that now it's a completely meaningless award.
- John Corigliano

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

The further the music develops, the more complex the
apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.
- Gustav Mahler

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

Intelligent analysis of the composer's intention and
strict adherence to it automatically ensures sincerity.
- Kate Smith

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

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

To judge a composer's work, one must consider it as a whole.
- Gustav Mahler

I am a composer, horn player, and computer programmer.
- Robert Patterson

I dream of a collaboration that would finally be total,
in which the librettist would often think as a composer
and the composer as a librettist.
- Jacques Ibert

I find respect for a mediocre British composer,
as opposed to a really good American,
ridiculous because they automatically respect a composer if he's from England.
- John Corigliano

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

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

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 real composer thinks about his work the whole time;
he is not always conscious of this,
but he is aware of it later when he suddenly knows what he will do.
- Igor Stravinsky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A nation creates music - the composer only arranges it.
- Mikhail Glinka

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

I just have to take my chances like any other composer.
- Gordon Getty

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

John Barry was the first film composer I was aware of.
As a teenager I owned several of his Bond soundtracks.
- Carter Burwell

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

I'm not an intellectual composer.
- Les Baxter

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

If you aim at anything lower that is expecting your
audience to be really alert and aware,
then you're going to be caught out sooner or later as a composer.
- Peter Maxwell Davies

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

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


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