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Originally, I wanted to be a composer. I always tell people, 'I think of myself as a composer.'
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 wanted to be a composer before anything else. And my sister was listening to Led Zeppelin in the other room! When I heard that, it was a game-changer.
I am an interpreter of music rather than a composer of it.
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.
John Barry was the first film composer I was aware of. As a teenager I owned several of his Bond soundtracks.
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.
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 like a composer called Henry Purcell, and I love to listen to Neil Young.
I write arrangements. I'm sort of a wannabe composer.
It's nice to have a great female composer in the program and add her color.
In any case, Ives encouraged me to go into music even though he himself had such a hard time being a composer.
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.
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.
When you're making video, you're giving structure to time, which is what a composer does.
Wagner is a composer who has beautiful moments but awful quarter hours.
I'm a composer, and therefore I know when I've written a good tune. When you've written a good song is when you know that the lyric is completely coalesced with the song.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
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.
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.
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.
We consider Monteverdi the first composer of opera. There was someone before, but everything started with Monteverdi.
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 hard to decide how to match words to music. It's not like it's twice the work. It's always difficult for me to explain to the composer what I'm looking for. I'm not a professional; I lack even basic knowledge about writing music.
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.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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