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Pierre Schaeffer Quotes and Sayings

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Has it struck you that the music which is regarded
as the most sublime in western civilization,
which is the music of Bach, is called baroque?
- Pierre Schaeffer

Barbarians always think of themselves as the bringers of civilization.
- Pierre Schaeffer

It's ridiculous that time and time again we need a
radioactive cloud coming out of a nuclear power-station
to remind us that atomic energy is extraordinarily dangerous.
- Pierre Schaeffer

In contrast, traditional classical music starts from
an abstract musical schema.
This is then notated and only expressed in concrete sound as a last stage,
when it is performed.
- Pierre Schaeffer

 

The world changes materially.
Science makes advances in technology and understanding.
But the world of humanity doesn't change.
- Pierre Schaeffer

The impressionists, Debussy, Faure, in France,
did take a few steps forward.
- Pierre Schaeffer

The moment at which music reveals its true nature is
contained in the ancient exercise of the theme with variations.
The complete mystery of music is explained right there.
- Pierre Schaeffer

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I'm very aware of what you're talking about as I was
involved with the radio in Africa in the same period
as I was doing Concrete -
I was doing both at the same time.
- Pierre Schaeffer

Sound is the vocabulary of nature.
- Pierre Schaeffer

Morally, the world is both better and worse than it was.
We are worse off than in the middle ages,
or the 17th and 18th centuries, in that we have the atomic menace.
- Pierre Schaeffer

The only hope is that our civilization will collapse at a certain point,
as always happens in history.
Then, out of barbarity, a renaissance.
- Pierre Schaeffer

Noises have generally been thought of as indistinct,
but this is not true.
- Pierre Schaeffer

The world has just got more dangerous because the things
we use have got more dangerous.
- Pierre Schaeffer

The whole problem of the sound-work is distancing oneself from the dramatic.
- Pierre Schaeffer

First, it doesn't surprise me that traditional music
has experienced a kind of exhaustion in the 20th century -
not forgetting that many musicians started to look
outside the traditional structures of tonality.
- Pierre Schaeffer

Take a sound from whatever source, a note on a violin,
a scream, a moan, a creaking door, and there is always
this symmetry between the sound basis,
which is complex and has numerous characteristics which
emerge through a process of comparison within our perception.
- Pierre Schaeffer

People who share the same language, French or Chinese or whatever,
have the same vocal cords and emit sounds which are basically the same,
as they come from the same throats and lungs.
- Pierre Schaeffer

The world is all gates, all opportunities,
strings of tension waiting to be struck.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the grandfather of the grandfather of Jesus had
known what was hidden within him,
he would have stood humble and awe-struck before his soul.
- Khalil Gibran

Let the tent be struck.
- Robert E. Lee

I have been particularly struck with the overwhelming
evidence which is given as to the fitness of the natives
of India for high offices and employments.
- Richard Cobden

Oprah is so bright, and her intelligence is so piercing
that I don't think anyone who spends a few minutes
with her isn't struck by that.
- Victoria Principal

And what always struck me about that war period was
how even Churchill had to talk socialism to keep up people's morale.
- Barbara Castle

The only reason I would write a sequel is if I were
struck by an idea that I felt to be equal to the original.
Too many sequels diminish the original.
- Dean Koontz

The President so far has struck me as a man who is
trying hard to keep his balance.
He certainly has been very receptive to all my efforts in these directions.
- Henry L. Stimson

Intelligence we gathered at the time indicated that
this was in fact leadership and we struck the leadership.
- Peter Pace

Their scrambled attention spans struck me as a metaphor
for the way we get our doses of reality these days.
- Bill Griffith

I have struck a city - a real city -
and they call it Chicago...
I urgently desire never to see it again.
It is inhabited by savages.
- Rudyard Kipling

But when 9/11 struck, I had a change of heart.
I knew the story had to be told because what happened
at 9/11 is a direct result of what the economic hit men are doing.
- John Perkins

In America all too few blows are struck into flesh.
We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that.
We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell.
- Norman Mailer

Name me an emperor who was ever struck by a cannonball.
- Charles V

I am utterly struck how, 300 years after his execution,
Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.
- Peter Jennings

Don't worry about it.
Babe Ruth struck out on occasion, too.
- Walter Annenberg

Firing off 1,000 or 500 or 2,000 nuclear warheads on
a few minutes' consideration has always struck me as
an absurd way to go to war.
- William Odom

Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I am not struck so much by the diversity of testimony
as by the many-sidedness of truth.
- Stanley Baldwin

Two hundred years ago, our precursors in Haiti struck a blow for freedom,
which was heard around the world, and across centuries.
- Baldwin Spencer

You know, the thing that struck me about Civil War
music was how bloody it was;
it was full of hatred.
There was incredible vitriol in it.
- T-Bone Burnett

This particular nurse said, Cancer cells are those
which have forgotten how to die.
I was so struck by this statement.
- Harold Pinter

The man or country that fights priestcraft and priests
is to my mind striking deeper for freedom than can be struck anywhere.
- George Meredith

When the Internet publicity began, I remember being
struck by how much the world was not the way we thought it was,
that there was infinite variation in how people viewed the world.
- Eric Schmidt

A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms,
to be struck by lightning five or six times.
- Randall Jarrell

You see, I was never stage-struck the way most girls were.
- Beatrice Wood

A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping
to be struck by lightning.
- James Dickey

The fashions of the ages vary in this direction and that,
but they vary for the most part from a central road
which was struck out by the imagination of Greece.
- Gilbert Murray

We are merely the stars tennis-balls,
struck and bandied which way please them.
- John Webster

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps;
for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are,
and what they ought to be.
- William Hazlitt

Whenever I am among my fellow Governors,
I am struck by how many face the same education improvement issues.
- Ernie Fletcher

A young ballplayer looks on his first spring training
trip as a stage struck young woman regards the theater.
- Christy Mathewson

When you think of Napster, you think of music.
But the first thing that struck me was that this was
an important case not only for the music industry but for the whole Internet.
- David Boies

Children are the most wonderful audiences.
What's struck me most is that that they watch it so silently,
until the end when they shriek and shout and clap.
- Emma Thompson

Although the troops have struck us, we throw it all
behind and are glad to meet you in peace and friendship.
- Black Kettle

Luther was guilty of two great crimes -
he struck the Pope in his crown,
and the monks in their belly.
- Desiderius Erasmus

The fuss that actors began making about the difficulty
of shifting to sound struck me as perfectly foolish.
- Gloria Swanson

A clock struck out the hour of twelve,
and the bird in the hedgerow was still singing as we
marched out to the roadway,
and followed our merry pipers home to town.
- Patrick MacGill

As I look back on the last few decades of my life,
I am struck by the good fortune that came my way.
- Daniel Nathans

It was not long before I was struck with the idea that
base ball was just the game for a national sport for Americans.
- Henry Chadwick

I am struck by the fact that personal faith and political
agendas are intertwined more closely now than at any
other time in recent history.
- David E. Price

When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike,
you do not wait until he has struck to crush him.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I was shot down by a fifth ball, which struck me squarely in the face,
and passed out.
- John Brown Gordon

"Yes we can" always struck many as a naive and childish chant,
like something ripped off from the Camp Fire Girls.
- Craig Shirley

I am struck by how casually we as a nation react to the carnage in Iraq.
- Charles Rangel

In a sad twist of fate, the bill to reauthorize the
Patriot Act was debated on the floor of the House of
Representatives the same day that terrorists struck again.
- Jim Sensenbrenner

I've always been struck by how unsuspicious people are in general,
if you tell them what you're about.
- Martin C. Smith

It struck me that what I'd heard about certain celebrities was true:
they had It,
whatever the hell It was.
Star power isn't a myth; it is tangible and forceful.
- Michael Bergin

In the Brown decision, the United States Supreme Court
unanimously struck down the legal and moral footing
of racially segregated public education in this country.
- Bobby Scott

When runaway inflation and bank failures struck in Germany in the 1920s,
the middle class was destroyed, which led directly
to the rise of the Nazis.
- Nick Clooney

When I've seen my operas in Europe, they have always
struck me as more American than when I hear them here.
I can't tell you what that phenomenon is.
- Carlisle Floyd

How can they beat me? I've been struck by lightning,
had two back operations, and been divorced twice.
- Lee Trevino

We are all instruments endowed with feeling and memory.
Our senses are so many strings that are struck by surrounding
objects and that also frequently strike themselves.
- Denis Diderot

She worded it a bit strongly, but I do find myself
more and more struck by the differences between the sexes.
To put it another way: All marriages are mixed marriages.
- Anne Tyler


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