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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.
As I get older, I'm slowing down and, yes, calming down in my desire to be taken seriously. That I can be entertaining and funny and high nervous energy can work against me as a serious composer, slowly but surely you'll see me be quieter just so that people will listen.
You'll know if you're a famous composer if 20 years from now your name appears on a pull-down menu in Band in a Box, alongside Hans Zimmer.
I've done a lot of performance practice, Baroque playing, and some of the joy and the challenge of it is figuring out what the composer intended... You have music of the 17th century - it's all whole notes and half notes. But inside of that, there are so many things that one can do, at least according to what we know about performance practice.
I'm not an architectural composer.
I listen to Morricone, the famed Italian film composer, while I'm working.
There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead.
My mother, Minuetta Kessler, was a concert pianist and composer who performed at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall.
The difference between the student and the born composer is he really hears the thing, and they have to stage it and manipulate it by technical equipment.
When you think of Mitch Leigh as a businessman, remember he's also a composer. And when you think of Mitch Leigh as a composer, remember he's also a businessman.
I don't compose, actually. I just record. I'm the opposite of a composer in my way of working. I'm more instinctive.
I am the pianist of the duo, although Aleksey does pretty good... you know we've written more and more stuff where he has to play the piano. But you know, to be very honest, I actually went into music because I wanted to be a composer and a conductor. And piano was just one of the ways to get into that.
Richard Hyung-ki Joo
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.
It's not a special taste. An American composer should have something to say to a cab driver.
I probably belong to a type of composer of songs who keeps thinking about melody... I am old fashioned.
I go into the whole composer thing quite open to keep on going and keep on trying different things because you never know... the next idea you have might be the one.
To find a new British composer who is really good is rare.
I don't really call myself a composer.
I've always been a composer dependent on texts.
David Del Tredici
I'm not an intellectual composer.
In many ways I'm an experimental and new music composer that comes from a rural tradition rather than an urban one.
I'm into horror pictures because I love the fear of being alone in the dark, and I'd recommend that to any composer who wants to work in this genre.
As a kid, I had a Beatles poster and a Bela Lugosi as Dracula poster, so both worlds always appealed to me. Horror allows you to do things as a composer than you're able to do in no other style of movie. The music has to be aggressive. You can't tiptoe around. It has to be incredibly focused dramatically - no time for second thoughts.
Sammy Davis, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett... their records sell in the millions; when I do it, it just trickles. But for the composer and lyricist, there's a tidy bit to be made that way, too, so I don't really mind.
If a composer is to reach his audience emotionally - and surely that's what theatre music is all about - he must reach the people through sounds they can relate to.
William Arthur Ward
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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