Words

about music, concerts, the arts in Canada, and more. A collection of essays and blogs (which I’ve embedded here all in one place).

Famous composer quotes

…composers whose words inspire…

  • "It isn't false modesty when I say this, but although I am supposed to be a famous person it doesn't mean anything to me. I just sit at home and work." — Gyorgy Ligeti

  • “Music is...a higher revelation than all wisdom & philosophy” ― Ludwig van Beethoven

  • “Where words leave off, music begins.” ― Heinrich Heine

  • "Now there is no taboo; everything is allowed. But one cannot simply go back to tonality, it’s not the way. We must find a way of neither going back nor continuing the avant-garde. I am in a prison: one wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape." — Gyorgy Ligeti

  • “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius, The Book of Rites

  • "Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light." — Claude Debussy

  • “Too bad people can't always be playing music, maybe then there wouldn't be any more wars.” ― Margot Benary-Isbert, Rowan Farm

  • “Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

  • "The listener must be gripped and whether he likes it or not, drawn into the flight path of the sounds without special training being necessary. The sensual shock must be just as forceful as when one hears a clap of thunder or looks into a bottomless abyss." — Iannis Xenakis

  • "The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting, any more than it has any reason for ending." — Igor Stravinsky

  • “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..” ― Pablo Casals

  • "Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end." — Igor Stravinsky