Thursday, April 28, 2005

Provocative Thoughts

A good composer does not imitate; he steals. Igor Stravinsky

Composers shouldn’t think too much – it interferes with their
plagiarism. Howard Dietz

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from
many is research. Anon.

A good composer is slowly discovered; a bad composer is
slowly found out. Ernst Newman

It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one,
better to perform one than to listen to one,
better to listen top one than to use is as a means of distraction,
entertainment, or acquisition of “culture”. John Cage

(and any of the above is better than writing criticism of it?).


People whose sensibility is destroyed by music in trains,
airports, lifts, cannot concentrate on a Beethoven quartet.
Witold Lutoslawski

Music is spiritual. The music business is not. Van Morrison

I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.
Elvis Presley

I like Beethoven, especially the poems. Ringo Starr

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

The manner in which Americans “consume” music has
a lot to do with leaving it on their coffee tables, or using
it as wallpaper for their lifestyles, like the score of a movie
- it’s consumed that way without any regard for how and
why it’s made. Frank Zappa

Modern so-called "classical" music has maneuvered itself, with some exceptions, into an elitist ghetto, which only specialists may enter -- and even they do so with what may sometimes be mixed feelings. The music of the masses has broken loose from this and treads a very different path. On the one hand, there is pop music, which is certainly no longer supported by the people in the ancient sense (populus). It is aimed at the phenomenon of the masses, is industrially produced, and ultimately has to be described as a cult of the banal. "Rock," on the other hand, is the expression of elemental passions, and at rock festivals it assumes a cultic character, a form of worship, in fact, in opposition to Christian worship.
Cardinal Ratzinger now Pope Benedict XVI

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