composers

A Quote by Frank Moore Colby on apathy, composers, love, and tolerance

Tolerance is composed of nine parts apathy to one of brotherly love.

Frank Moore Colby (1865 - 1925)

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A Quote by Ernst von Dohnányi on composers and music

Richard Aldrich commenting on the music of Ernst von Dohnányi: Here is a composer . . . who is quite uninfluenced by most of the currents and countercurrents of 'modernity' that are troubling the musical waters these days.

Ernst von Dohnanyi (1877 - 1960)

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A Quote by Ernest Newman on composers, day, inspiration, jobs, time, and work

The great composer . . . does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration.

Ernest Newman (1868 - ?)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on composers, death, departure, friendship, funerals, laughter, life, people, songs, understanding, work, and world

Three Friends There were three friends Discussing life. One said: "Can we live together and know nothing of it? Work together and produce nothing? Can people fly around in space and still forget to exist World without end?" The three friends looked at each other and burst out laughing. They had no explanation. Thus they were better friends than before. Then one friend died. Confucius sent a disciple to help the other two Chant the traditional funeral ritual. His disciple found that one of them had composed a song. While the other played the lute, They sang: "Hey, Sung Hu! Where'd you go? You have gone Where you were before. And we are here-- Damn it! We are here!" Then the disciple of Confucius burst in on them and exclaimed: "May I inquire where in the funeral ritual it allows you to sing so irreverently in the presence of the departed?" The two friends looked at each other, smiled, and said: "Well trained in liturgy, but the poor fellow doesn't understand life and death!"

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Chuang Tzu, Three Friends

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A Quote by Charles F. Ketterling on composers, imagination, and opportunity

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 F. Ketterling

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A Quote by Benjamin Britten on composers and music

Francis Poulenc commenting on the music of Benjamin Britten: The model of a composer.

Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)

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A Quote by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov on advice, art, clarity, composers, difficulty, life, nature, proof, sons, soul, talent, trouble, understanding, and writing

Another piece of advice: when you read proof cross out as many adjectives and adverbs as you can. You have so many modifiers that the reader has trouble understanding and gets worn out. It is comprehensible when I write: "The man sat on the grass," because it is clear and does not detain one's attention. On the other hand, it is difficult to figure out and hard on the brain if I write: "The tall, narrow-chested man of medium height and with a red beard sat down on the green grass that had already been trampled down by the pedestrians, sat down silently, looking around timidly and fearfully." The brain can't grasp all that at once, and art must be grasped at once, instantaneously. And then one other thing. You are lyrical by nature, the timber of your soul is soft. If you were a composer you would avoid writing marches. It is unnatural for your talent to curse, shout, taunt, denounce with rage. Therefore, you'll understand if I advise you, in proofreading, to eliminate the "sons of bitches," "curs," and "flea-bitten mutts" that appear here and there on the pages of Life.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860 - 1904)

Source: To Maxim Gorky, September 3, 1899

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A Quote by Ansel Adams on composers and performance

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

Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on composers, enemies, men, politics, and trust

TRUST, n. In American politics, a large corporation composed in greater part of thrifty working men, widows of small means, orphans in the care of guardians and the courts, with many similar malefactors and public enemies.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on composers, emotion, ideas, people, and words

MONOSYLLABIC, adj. Composed of words of one syllable . . . Commonly Saxon - that is to say, words of a barbarous people destitute of ideas and incapable of any but the most elementary sentiments and emotions.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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