And nothing from Stravinsky, who said, "Music is incapable of expressing anything."
-Poetics of Music
And Hans Zimmer, who said, "Where did I put that one million dollars?"
Britten likes his sleep and I do too.
Here is a link of 22 great quotations from composers:
Let's discuss some of these at least. I think many hold great truths about composition. But some are debatable and we might not agree with what is said. In particular:
1. What do you think about the Benjamin Britten quote (No. 18 in the series of slides)? I don't agree with it. Inspiration often keeps me up at night and I don't think that that is mere loss of sleep. Who said that had I slept and put away my inspired state of mind, I would have been able to continue it in the morning. Besides, there is the silence at night which would be conductive to composition. So to me at least, night is often conductive to composing.
2. I don't agree with Elgar's quote (No. 7). I think that art elevates man and brings man closer to God. At least, I believe that this would be true of the greatest artistic works, the greatest compositions. Had he said "Some religions are against art", that would have been true. What are your opinions?
Feel free to voice your opinions about any of the other 20 inspiring composer quotes in the link, or to discuss them in general. You might even add to the 22 quotations in the link other great composer quotes that haven't been included and give your opinion about them.