A Quote by René A. Schwaller de Lubicz on composers, day, humanity, science, and superstition

Can it really be said that before the day of our pretentious science, humanity was composed solely of imbeciles and the superstitious?

Rene A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887 - 1961)

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A Quote by Percy Alfred. Scholes on america, composers, conversation, and immortality

The American composer Silas Gamaliel Pratt deserves immortality, if only for the alleged conversation with Wagner, when Wagner said, "You are the Richard Wagner of the United States", and the polite rejoinder was made, "And you, sir, are the Silas G. Pratt of Germany."

Percy Alfred. Scholes (1877 - 1958)

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A Quote by Ottorino Respighi on america, composers, fame, music, opera, and work

A review of his work: His music soon spread throughout Europe, and he was invited to America were he performed the Piano Concerto. He would have wished that he would be remembered as an opera composer, but it was to be his orchestral extravaganzas, mainly the trilogy of Roman pictures that has made his name famous.

Ottorino Respighi (1879 - 1936)

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A Quote by Nicolò Paganini on composers, fame, friendship, popularity, time, and writing

On December 12, 1829, Paganini wrote his friend Germi: "The variations I've composed on the graceful Neapolitan ditty, 'Oh Mamma, Mama Cara,' outshine everything. I can't describe it!" He was writing from Karlsruhe, in the midst of his triumphal tour through Germany. That letter marks the earliest known mention of the variations that would become famous as "The Carnival of Venice." At the time of his letter, Paganini had already performed the piece in at least four concerts. From then on, it would be one of his most popular compositions.

Nicolo Paganini (1782 - 1840)

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A Quote by Mirabel Osler on architecture, composers, day, and garden

There is no "The End" to be written, neither can you, like an architect, engrave in stone the day the garden was finished; a painter can frame his picture, a composer notate his coda, but a garden is always on the move.

Mirabel Osler

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A Quote by Mignon McLaughlin on composers, strength, and weakness

Our strength is often composed of the weakness we're damned if we're going to show.

Mignon McLaughlin (1915 -)

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A Quote by Michael Kamen on composers and justice

We composers are at least as significant as the stars who make $14 million or $15 million. You just don't see us.

Michael Kamen

Source: 1995

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A Quote by Mark Russell on composers, losing, science, and theory

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.

Mark Russell

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on christ, company, complaints, composers, day, fashion, feeling, force, ideas, jesus, logic, mind, mistakes, poetry, psychiatry, sanity, wives, and words

But this does not exempt the sane from a feeling of alarm when a madman who has composed a sublime poem, after explaining to them in the most logical fashion that he has been shut up by mistake through his wife's machinations, imploring them to intercede for him with the governor of the asylum, complaining of the promiscuous company that is forced upon him, concludes as follows: "You see that man in the courtyard, who I'm obliged to put up with; he thinks he's Jesus Christ. That should give you an idea of the sort of lunatics I've been shut up with: he can't be Jesus Christ, because I'm Jesus Christ!" A moment earlier, you were on the point of going to assure the psychiatrist that a mistake had been made. On hearing these words, even if you bear in mind the admirable poem at which this same man is working every day, you shrink from him. . . .

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on architecture, books, composers, god, language, meaning, men, music, mystery, poets, and soul

God created music as a common language for all men. It inspires the poets, the composers and the architects. It lures us to search our souls for the meaning of the mysteries described in ancient books.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: Wisdom of Gibran

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