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If I belong to a tradition, it is a tradition that makes the masterpiece tell the performer what to do, and not the performer telling the piece what it should be like, or the composer what he ought to have composed.
I am an interpreter of music rather than a composer of it.
I am not a composer of music; I sing pieces which have been written for me which gives me bigger freedom to search for pieces I want to record.
There's still a lot I need to do as a player, as a musician, as a sound creator. I have commissioned 170 pieces: that's still not enough, there are still lots and lots of composers I would like to approach. When I see a composer and I see a performer, I think to combine those forces.
Music would lose its charm were not dissonance interspersed at frequent intervals. The closer a composer can come to discord without actually entering it in the score, the more pleasing will be his composition when given life through musical instruments.
John Barry was the first film composer I was aware of. As a teenager I owned several of his Bond soundtracks.
The scientist is also a composer... You could think of science as discovering one particular thing - a supernova or whatever. You could also think of it as discovering this whole new way of seeing the world.
In chamber music, the audience can hear each instrument and understand (and feel) what the composer and the musicians have in mind as they play.
Any composer who is gloriously conscious that he is a composer must believe that he receives his inspiration from a source higher than himself.
John Philip Sousa
I'm trying to interpret the film through the director's head, but it all comes out through me. So, a composer is kind of like a psychic medium.
As a composer at a point where I can absolutely pick and choose what I want to do, I don't want to write about anybody I don't care about.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
I've had those people very interested in my writing. Since I think of myself as a composer, I feel really good. I've had lots of guys call me up. I've gotten two or three commissions to write things. I've written lots of movie scores.
Wagner is a composer who has beautiful moments but awful quarter hours.
If you only do little clusters - three or four songs by one, and another, and then yet another - you lose the opportunity to think your way into the composer's mind, since, after all, most of these pieces are quite brief.
It's nice to have a great female composer in the program and add her color.
As a composer, I know that all sorts of sounds I hear are making their way into my brain and soul and later sneak into my music.
It's understanding the intention of a composer that allows a producer and an arranger to make those moments speak.
To make a film, the final big collaborator that you have is the composer.
Paul Thomas Anderson
When you're making video, you're giving structure to time, which is what a composer does.
Almost all the producers I know and dig, like Quincy Jones or Brian Eno, are really musicians first. I'm a composer, an orchestrator, an arranger and a musician first. I know how to write and rewrite songs, and the genius is really in the rewriting.
I like a composer called Henry Purcell, and I love to listen to Neil Young.
You have to face the fact that I have no reputation as a composer; I have my reputation as a songwriter and a performer-and that opportunity came this summer, when I was invited to perform at the Lincoln Centre festival in New York... three nights.
I'm still getting used to being called a composer. A poseur, maybe.
Composers most identified with the chamber music form are Corelli, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and, of course, Bach. Of course, Bach. If there is any one composer who gives us reason and emotion, it is Bach.
I dare suggest that the composer would do himself and his music an immediate and eventual service by total, resolute and voluntary withdrawal from this public world to one of private performance and electronic media.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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