A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
Money may kindle, but it cannot by itself, and for very long, burn.
Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination… (read more)
My music is best understood by children and animals.
Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.
The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to… (read more)
The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting,… (read more)
The real composer thinks about his work the whole time; he is not always conscious of this, but he is… (read more)
To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.
Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?
A plague on eminence! I hardly dare cross the street anymore without a convoy, and I am stared at wherever… (read more)
Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music. 'Classic' music eliminates the conductor; we do not remember… (read more)
Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has… (read more)
Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.
I am an inventor of music.
I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth… (read more)
I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by… (read more)