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Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.
The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.
The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead.
I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.
A plague on eminence! I hardly dare cross the street anymore without a convoy, and I am stared at wherever I go like an idiot member of a royal family or an animal in a zoo; and zoo animals have been known to die from stares.
I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.
A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.
About Igor Stravinsky
, 1882; died April 6, 1971.
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