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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 principle of the endless melody is the perpetual becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting, any more than it has any reason for ending.
To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.
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 haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.
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 real composer thinks about his work the whole time; he is not always conscious of this, but he is aware of it later when he suddenly knows what he will do.
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity.
About Igor Stravinsky
, 1882; died April 6, 1971.
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