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…

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

  • “This machine kills fascists.” ― Woody Guthrie

  • "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

  • “The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” ― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "Music is the silence between the notes." — Claude Debussy

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

  • "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

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

  • "Art, and, above all, music, has a fundamental function, which is to catalyze the sublimation that it can bring about through all means of expression. It must aim through fixations which are landmarks, to draw [one] towards a total exaltation in which the individual mingles, losing his consciousness in a truth immediate, rare, enormous, and perfect. If a work of art succeeds in this undertaking even for a single moment, it attains its goal." — Iannis Xenakis

  • "I cannot conceive of music that expresses absolutely nothing." — Bela Bartok

  • “For me there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.” ― Eric Clapton

  • “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” ― Robert Fripp

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