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I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.
Because I have sixty years of being a professional composer, conductor, musician, whatever, and you develop a lot of friendships and you get involved with a lot of sort of long-term commitments and obligations.
I'm glad I won it because when I grew up the Pulitzer was the award that every composer wanted and I was like that too.
You become a great composer when you win a Pulitzer. But I think that now it's a completely meaningless award.
I think it's good for the composer to teach because you always have new students and you have to begin at the beginning and make things clear.
I find respect for a mediocre British composer, as opposed to a really good American, ridiculous because they automatically respect a composer if he's from England.
Other, far fewer, directors are more like the composer - conceptualizing the piece, scoring it, distributing its musical lines among a range of registers, chords, and instruments.
With Hitchcock I had little relationship. I was called to replace Bernard Herrmann, his favorite composer, in Torn Curtain, after the bitter fight between them.
I am a composer, horn player, and computer programmer.
Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels it so intently he must sing it out.
Gian Carlo Menotti
Do you know that my very first experience as a composer was a 'Concerto for Accordion?'
I probably belong to a type of composer of songs who keeps thinking about melody... I am old fashioned.
The great opera composers were so good at their job, that the whole genre came to be built around the concept of the composer's vision.
If the composer withholds more than we anticipate, we experience a delicious falling sensation; we feel we have been torn from a stable point on the musical ladder and thrust into the void.
I continued to study Math and Physics on my own, but one and a half years later I realized that I did want to be a composer, and after that I never changed my mind.
I think a composer is always interested in his last work.
The modern composer builds upon the foundation of truth.
I've always been a composer dependent on texts.
David Del Tredici
A nation creates music - the composer only arranges it.
That is basically me, and although I have done many things in my life - conducting, playing piano, and so on - what is fundamental is my being a composer.
It's not a special taste. An American composer should have something to say to a cab driver.
Americans can pretty much sing anything, whereas foreign singers are often limited in style, language, even composer.
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.
It is my hope that during my brief passage through this universe, that I may share with you the joy of hearing the music of the stars... knowing that the composer was from a distant place and the songs were written eons ago, which now fall gently on this place for all to hear.
Richard H. Baker
I am but an architectural composer.
Alexander Jackson Davis
I've come up with another formulation about style: that it's essentially a manifestation of a certain habitual set of limitations. It's what a composer does NOT do that defines a style.
Pianists call me a composer, composers call me a pianist. The classicists think me a futurist, and the futurists call me a reactionary.
A composer knows that music is written by human beings for human beings and that music is a continuation of life, not something separated from it.
There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead.
I was meant to be a composer and will be I'm sure. Don't ask me to try to forget this unpleasant thing and go play football - please.
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