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Today each composer is not only involved in aesthetics, but he's actually trying to create his own language.
I'm not an architectural composer.
The thing about influence is that any composer worth anything will give you the same names.
I listen to Morricone, the famed Italian film composer, while I'm working.
My first husband, John Barry, was a composer. I couldn't believe that this sophisticated, talented genius chose me and not any of the other girls. I was so flattered, so excited, so in love with him. Of course, my parents were horrified, as he'd been married once and had a daughter with the au pair girl.
It is always interesting and sometimes even important to have intimate knowledge of a composer's life, but it is not essential in order to understand the composer's works.
I probably belong to a type of composer of songs who keeps thinking about melody... I am old fashioned.
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.
Writing is a little athletic for me. I get worked up a little bit when I do it. So I guess I'm a little bit like that composer conducting. There are a lot of things that go into what I do, but I think athletics really sort of shaped my ethic.
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.
Purcell is a composer who had a formative influence on British music - even The Who now cite him as an influence. There's an intense, dirty harmony, but there's a Louis XIV kind of elan and style, too. He had the melancholy DNA of our national folk heritage.
I really liked doing a number of the projects and directors, and etc., etc., I knew about half-way through that I would never be doing that again. It's just not me. I really am happy as a part-time film composer, not a full-time film composer.
I just have to take my chances like any other composer.
Well, let me, first of all, say, that as a microtonal composer, I've never been much of a theorist.
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 was in the army, and I had given up the thought of being a composer.
There's more musical freedom on Madison Avenue than anywhere else. It's an Eden for a composer.
To call somebody a Jewish composer is obviously redundant.
Which is why, in my lieder concerts, I always strove, when possible, to sing only the works of a single composer, so that the audience could be gradually drawn into a particular creative genius' way of thinking, and could follow him.
I am writing something which I find satisfying and which I am prepared to put my name to as a composer.
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.
I don't think a guy that really has no understanding about people, or has no interest in understanding people would make a good film composer.
In another life, I would love to be the art guy - a production designer or a maybe even a composer.
I've always been a composer dependent on texts.
David Del Tredici
You see the genius that Whitney Houston has as an interpreter of material, and you realize why genius can be applied to only a few interpretive performers. She finds meaning and depth and soulfulness in a song that often the writer and composer never really knew was there.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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