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Morton Gould Quotes and Sayings

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Composing is my life blood.
- Morton Gould

I've always felt that music should be a normal part
of the experience that surrounds people.
- Morton Gould

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

 

What I wanted and what I visualized while composing
has not always been realized.
- Gustav Mahler

I'd always loved poetry and I'd always loved writing
music and composing music,
but I hadn't thought of putting the two together until around that time.
- Bruce Cockburn

My mother also had us take piano lessons,
and this had a similar effect.
I hated those lessons, but I now play regularly for
pleasure and have even tried my hand at composing.
- Robert B. Laughlin

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I wonder if we are all wrong about each other,
if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?
- Rebecca West

My best film composing experience was with Elia Kazan.
- Alex North

In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through
every other word you have written;
you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.
- Sydney Smith

I try not to observe myself in the process of composing
a poem because I don't want to come up with a formula,
which I would then be unscrupulous in using.
- Thom Gunn

The composing room has an unlimited supply of periods
available to terminate short,
simple sentences.
- Turner Catledge

The songs of Bizet are by a French peer of Rossini.
When Rossini stopped composing, he was living in Paris.
He also wrote some beautiful songs in French.
- Cecilia Bartoli

I don't meditate before I play or compose,
but I see playing and composing as meditative acts.
- Steve Swallow

I don't like to box myself in when I'm composing.
- Roscoe Mitchell

Composing a piece of music is very feminine.
It is sensitive, emotional, contemplative.
By comparison, doing housework is positively masculine.
- Barbara Kolb

I began composing works which were imitative of the
music I was being told about.
I was also very interested in translating the music into visual terms.
- Henry Flynt

I think I've done more recording in the past 10 years than most people,
but it's all been directed toward film composing and soundtracks.
Just the same, it's been great.
- Stanley Clarke

Yes, sampling has changed not just my way of playing and composing.
- Klaus Schulze

There will have to be times when I'm not conducting because I'm composing.
I haven't solved that problem, and perhaps I never will.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I was very committed to the process of composing,
working at poems, putting things together and taking
them apart like some kind of experimental filmmaker.
- David Antin

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
- T. S. Eliot

I was writing notes, but not composing poems.
The Hunter began to develop out of this fragmented process.
- George Murray

Poetry is composing for the breath.
- Peter Davison

However, I began composing as soon as I started taking piano lessons.
- Gyorgy Legeti

I am composing like a god, as if it simply had to be
done as it has been done.
- Franz Schubert

There is nothing greater than the joy of composing
something oneself and then listening to it.
- Clara Schumann

I have come up with very creative ideas that really
didn't work with the song I was currently composing.
- Ken Hill

Ever since Two Daughters I've been composing my own music.
- Satyajit Ray

You might lose your spontaneity and,
instead of composing first-rate Gershwin,
end up with second rate Ravel.
- Maurice Ravel

Since age seven, I've been composing and have never stopped composing,
yet, the creative process is as elusive to me as it has ever been.
- Lukas Foss

When I am seriously composing, sometimes a phrase will come into my head,
a catch phrase.
When I was writing pop songs for a few years,
as a career, separate from my folksinging career,
I used to write songs for pop singers.
- Tom Glazer

I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament
and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach,
living in anonymity and composing regularly for an
established service and for God.
- Igor Stravinsky

While it is true that Frank had a great sense of humor,
he was also very serious about composing music.
In reality there are only a handful of skilled players
who can play his most complex pieces.
It takes a lot of patience to learn and requires a fantastic memory.
- Dweezil Zappa

I did quite a lot of the arranging, fitting different sections together,
tempo changes, all sorts of things like that.
I actually acted as a bridge between Robert and Ian.
Not so much composing, rather presenting musical ideas at each rehearsal.
- Michael Giles

The most interesting aspect for me, composing exclusively with patterns,
is that there is not one organizational procedure more
advantageous than another,
perhaps because no one pattern ever takes precedence over the others.
- Morton Feldman

I think my playing has been orchestral throughout the years,
and this is another way of expressing that.
But I primarily see it as the ultimate accomplishment of a musician.
Composing makes me feel like I've finally gotten all
the way up the ladder as a musician.
- Tony Williams

There are people who must spend huge amounts of time
composing these online diatribes against me,
all about how disgusting and terrible I am and how
no one should ever read my books,
and it's not enough for them to hate me,
they can't stand the fact that ANYONE likes me!
- Poppy Z. Brite

Being in the studio is okay but sitting in a room by
yourself composing is a discipline that takes a certain
type of mind set and Tommy has a great gift for that as did the previous guy.
- James Young

I don't hate work, composing is not work for me,
it's my pleasure; it's my life.
So why should I stop? If something is pleasurable and exciting and rewarding,
why should one stop?
- Gunther Schuller

I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore.
I picked up a volume of Dickinson's poetry.
I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and
immediately began composing in my head.
I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano.
- Gordon Getty

Since I started composing I have always worked with series of tempos,
even superimposed the music of different groups of musicians,
of singers, instrumentalists who play and sing in different
tempos simultaneously and then meet every now and then in the same tempo.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house.
Slowly you see more details of the house-the color
of the slates and bricks,
the shape of the windows.
The notes are the bricks and the mortar of the house.
- Benjamin Britten

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things
no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving
America a new sense of purpose.
- Andy Rooney

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
- Mitch Hedberg

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

Designers are very fickle.
I never wanted to be a victim of that.
You're in one minute, out the next.
- Tyra Banks

I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up.
I wish my grandmother had done the same.
I wanted my girls to know me.
- Carol Burnett

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any
career move any of us wanted to make.
- James Gandolfini

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever
wanted to leave our house.
- Anthony Anderson

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

I always imagined I could be what I wanted to be.
- Chris Brown

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix,
but I could never quite pull it off.
- Bryan Ferry

If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.
- Mel Brooks

I have often wanted to drown my troubles,
but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
- Anonymous

I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with,
but you can't go back to them and be one of them again,
no matter how hard you try.
- Ethel Waters

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I
should have been more specific.
- Lily Tomlin

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
- Charles Simic

My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday,
so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
- Guy Johnson


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