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Leo Ornstein Quotes and Sayings

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I think there have been some periods when the writing
almost became a bit of a burden.
- Leo Ornstein

Of all the arts, music is really the most abstract.
- Leo Ornstein

Improvisation is terribly haphazard.
- Leo Ornstein

By the visual pattern, but mostly I'm guided entirely by my ear,
what I hear.
- Leo Ornstein

 

You write it down because finally, when it's written
down you do get it out of your system somewhat.
- Leo Ornstein

In writing music, the structure of each piece is a very important factor.
- Leo Ornstein

By the way, the point between rationality and what
we would call the irrational is a very difficult point to establish.
There's no specific line, as you know.
- Leo Ornstein

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Hopefully, I have a certain amount of what you call musical talent.
- Leo Ornstein

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

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

A person improvising is sometimes very fortunate that
just at that second things coincide.
- Leo Ornstein

I distrust anything that you don't hear.
- Leo Ornstein

I'm really interested in writing a piece of music that will move you,
that will really move you.
That is really the only reason that I'm writing music.
- Leo Ornstein

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

But in the end, music is ultimately an aural art,
pure and simple.
- Leo Ornstein

To the person that deals in visualizations,
I suppose there is something rather exciting about a whole set of people -
they all going symmetrically,
up or down, in a military sort of precision.
- Leo Ornstein

The danger of that - and there's a grave danger that I,
myself, have to be very aware of - is that you become
so involved and intrigued in the language that sometimes
you lose track that that is only a means to an aesthetic
experience that the listener has to get.
- Leo Ornstein

Now, there are sometimes making a connection between
one section and another that sometimes you do want
to see the pattern because it helps you to lead into the next thing -
it's a rhetorical thing,
where you just see how the pattern has to go into the next thing.
- Leo Ornstein

Because essentially Schoenberg was an extremely gifted man.
And in spite of many of his theories and so on,
when he really began to write music,
he still was guided very much by his internal hearing,
by what we call your internal ear.
- Leo Ornstein

We can use techniques in modifying things,
in controlling things, but the first impulse has to
be something that you simply cannot make just out of technique,
or else it becomes perfectly evident that it is nothing
but technique that you're exercising.
- Leo Ornstein

When I was speaking about communicating,
I meant that the listener - we have to reach the listener;
otherwise,
of course, you're writing the piece,
as I say,
only for the satisfaction of seeing it on the paper for yourself,
and then it ends right there.
- Leo Ornstein

Besides merely some pleasure that we get out of the
combinations of pitches together and lines,
I think that there is some satisfaction that we get
in the fact of having this diffuse thing organized
very concretely and put onto a frame and have it actually decided.
- Leo Ornstein

There are some people, by the way, that associate a
certain amount of visualization with the performance of music.
Those are people that really are not centrally concerned only with music,
the traditional things.
- Leo Ornstein

Well, no.
I believe that it's not at all impossible that some
of the performances that I've heard so far by some
pianists may be superior to my own playing because
those are two totally different acts altogether.
- Leo Ornstein

I think recordings have been a terrific advance because now,
when you have a piece of music, particularly something
that appears to the listener very complicated,
there's really a push to the world to try to figure
out what it was that he was hearing.
- Leo Ornstein

Today, with a recording, he can hear the thing enough
times until he really gets acquainted with the language,
and then he can begin to make an estimate of the intrinsic,
aesthetic value of that piece of music.
- Leo Ornstein

No, I think that a person writes a poem because they
have an inner urge of something that they want to express,
and I think it's that inner urge that you want to express
when you write a piece of music.
- Leo Ornstein

Now, what we are not talking about, what you're really coming to,
is what compromises one makes so that the listener
understands somewhat of what you're doing,
what you're trying to express.
- Leo Ornstein

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha PHOTO

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

They can because they think they can.
- Virgil

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Think for yourself and question authority.
- Timothy Leary

If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.
- Ram Dass

The world is more malleable than you think
and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.
- Bono

WHY do you care what THEY think?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

When you are reluctant to change,
think of the beauty of autumn.
- V. B. Brown

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

We must dare to think "unthinkable" thoughts.
- J. W. Fulbright

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde

Sometimes I think we're alone.
Sometimes I think we're not.
In either case, the thought is staggering.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have.
It is later than you think.
- Horace

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous


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