“If a composer could say what he had to say in words, he would not bother trying to say it in music.” – Gustav Mahler

“You can kill people with sound, and if you can kill, then maybe there is also the sound which is something opposite of killing.” – Arvo Pärt

“The artist is always searching for the meaning of life, his own and that of mankind, searching for truth. A system of uncertainty has entered our daily life. The pressures of mechanisation and uniformity to which it is subject call for protest and the artist has only one means of expressing this, by music.” – Bohuslav Martinů; a Czech born American citizen buried by Russians in Czechoslovakia with his French wife.

“Whatever interests me, whatever I love, I wish to make my own (I am probably describing a rare form of kleptomania).” – Igor Stravinsky

“Just working intuitively is not good for the arts, fantasies of some kind or other come along – That’s too materialistic.
When I listen to pieces that are written soley on intuition, I’m not satisfied.” – Sofia Gubaidulina

“And I’m always interested when other musicians are trying to discover new worlds of sound.” – Karlheinz Stockhausen

“See a blade of grass has the status of a flower.
To see in this tiny phrase, something more than just the black and the white key.” – Arvo Pärt

“You grow through hearing your own music. You hear the mistakes you have made and you learn from them. If you write a piece and put it on the shelf, you don’t grow.” – Steven Bryant

“Everything is permissible as long as it’s done in good taste.”- Kaija Saariaho

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Music, like life itself, is inconceivable without romanticism. Romanticism is a high dream of the past, present, and future–a force of invincible beauty which towers above, and conquers, the forces of ignorance, bigotry, violence, and evil.” – Giya Kancheli

“One experiments and has to choose always the best results.” – Karlheinz Stockhausen

“Every composer – at all times and in all cases – gives his own interpretation of how modern society is structured: whether actively or passively, consciously or unconsciously, he makes choices in this regard. He may be conservative or he may subject himself to continual renewal; or he may strive for a revolutionary, historical or social palingenesis.” – Luigi Nono

“Inspiration is an indispensable precondition of the creation of an authentic composition…One composes because one feels a strong need to, but one knows at the same time that one has something to communicate to others.” – Witold Lutosławski

“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

… A musical space unknown,
place of discovery,
ritual and communion.” – Pierluigi Billone

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“I never am sea sick, never. I am sea drunk!” – Igor Stravinsky

“Sound, to me, is what proves the existence of beauty. And beauty is the most important thing for me – it’s a unique sort of energy.” – Alexander Knayfel’

“Human work is inconceivable without this form. Creation needs it. There’s a Russian word-stroi-which can be roughly translated as ‘agreement’; we need to establish a working ‘agreement’ between ourselves and the chaos which surrounds us” – Igor Stravinsky

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.” – Christopher Morley

“So there is a personal sense of style for a given work – I don’t like a general style, but every work has its own style, and I want to create a style for every work.” – Karlheinz Stockhausen

“There is no theory. You merely have to listen. Pleasure is the law.” – Claude Debussy


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