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#1. Composition is selective improvisation. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#2. Revolution means turning the wheel. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#3. I loved Debussy, Stravinsky, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, anything with romantic melodies, especially the nocturnes. Nietzsche was a hero, especially with 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra.' He gets a bad rap; he's very misunderstood. He's a maker of individuals, and he was a teacher of teachers. - Author: Joni Mitchell
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#4. Money may kindle, but it cannot by itself, and for very long, burn. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#5. I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#6. I never am sea sick, never. I am sea drunk! - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#7. Invention presupposes imagination but should not be confused with it. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#8. Even Stravinsky does not evoke the same public affection as Verdi. - Author: Charles Rosen
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#9. Nothing is likely about masterpieces, least of all whether there will be any. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#10. Bernard Herrmann used to write all his scores by himself. So did Bach, Beethoven and Stravinsky. I don't understand why this happens in the movie industry. - Author: Ennio Morricone
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#11. He was a six and a half foot scowl.
(on Rachmaninov) - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#12. Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has to the book I am reading. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#13. I take no pride in my artistic talents; they are God-given and I see absolutely no reason to become puffed up over something that one has received. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#14. Stravinsky the composer I worship. Stravinsky the thinker I despise. - Author: Dmitri Shostakovich
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#15. The profound meaning of music's essential aim ... is to produce a communion, a union of man with his fellow man with the Supreme Being - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#16. Music is given to us specifically to make order of things, to move from an anarchic, individualistic state to a regulated, perfectly concious one, which alone insures vitality and durability. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#17. Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#18. In two thousand years all our generals and politicians may be forgotten, but Einstein and Madame Curie and Bernard Shaw and Stravinsky will keep the memory of our age alive. - Author: Anthony Burgess
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#19. Music must be listened to; it is not enough to hear it. A duck hears also. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#20. The one true comment on a piece of music is another piece of music. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#21. One has a nose. The nose scents and it chooses. An artist is simply a kind of pig snouting truffles. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#22. To be deprived of art and left alone with philosophy is to be close to Hell. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#23. A cultural snob is someone who claims to be familiar with the incomprehensible. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#24. The man has accumulated a repertoire of facial tics and blinks that demand nothing less than a complete musical score by Stravinsky. - Author: Anonymous
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#25. Georgian folk music has more new musical ideas than all the contemporary music.
[Los Angeles Times. 26.02.1990] - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#26. A composer is not only an architect but also an inventor, and he should not build houses in which he cannot live. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#27. Stravinsky is masterly: his harmony is conceived so precisely that it can only be the way it is. - Author: Esa-Pekka Salonen
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#28. Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos? - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#29. 'Canticum Sacrum' is wonderfully archaic. What Stravinsky does is extraordinary. It takes you on a journey from Gregorian chant right through to the modernism of Webern - and all in 17 minutes. - Author: John Tavener
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#30. Silence, which will save from shame, will also deprive me of fame. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#31. Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#32. It's one of nature's way that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#33. My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#34. All music is nothing more than a succession of impulses that converge towards a definite point of repose. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#35. I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#36. I had no idea Stravinsky disliked Debussy so much as this. - Author: Ernest Newman
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#37. One's belief that one is sincere is not so dangerous as one's conviction that one is right. We all feel we are right; but we felt the same way twenty years ago and today we know we weren't always right. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#38. A good composer does not imitate; he steals. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#39. One lives by memory . . . and not by truth. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#40. You can rave about Stravinsky without the slightest risk of being classified as a lunatic by the next generation . - Author: George Bernard Shaw
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#41. We might as well swing boys, because Stravinsky cuts us all. - Author: Woody Herman
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#42. Pulse as an active means of expression, Stravinsky and Beethoven are the two masters of that. - Author: Esa-Pekka Salonen
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#43. There is music wherever there is rhythm, as there is life wherever there beats a pulse. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#44. The fact that Stravinsky used the classics as a major influence is obvious. What is interesting is how he used them, how he turned Bach into Stravinsky. - Author: Lukas Foss
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#45. My music is best understood by children and animals. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#46. It is the transcendent (or 'abstract' or 'self-contained') nature of music that the new so called concretism
Pop Art, eighteen-hour slices-of-reality films, musique concrete
opposes. But instead of bringing art and reality closer together, the new movement merely thins out the distinction. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#47. What force is more potent than love? - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#48. New music? Hell, there's been no new music since Stravinsky. - Author: Duke Ellington
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#49. I think of a sun like Beethoven, a wind like Debussy, and birdcalls like Stravinsky. But the tempo is all mine. - Author: Patricia Highsmith
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#50. It is my conviction that the public always shows itself more honest in its spontaneity than do those who officially set themselves up as judges of works of art. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#51. Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#52. We have a duty towards music, namely, to invent it. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#53. I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach, living in anonymity and composing regularly for an established service and for God. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#54. I live neither in the past nor in the future. 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. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#55. To continue in one path is to go backward. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#56. 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. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#57. No, I don't know how to get young people to start listening to jazz again. But I do know this: Any symphony orchestra that thinks it can appeal to under-30 listeners by suggesting that they 'should' like Schubert and Stravinsky has already lost the battle. - Author: Terry Teachout
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#58. Music's exclusive function is to structure the flow of time and keep order in it. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#59. 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. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#60. 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. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#61. I knew I had to write a Mass of my own, but a real one. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#62. I cannot now evaluate the events that, at the end of those thirty years, made me discover the necessity of religious belief. I was not reasoned into my disposition. Though I admire the structured thought of theology, it is to religion no more than counterpoint exercises are to music. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#63. Art is the opposite of chaos. Art is organized chaos. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#64. The first music I was exposed to was Stravinsky and I loved it but I don't remember it. - Author: Leo Kottke
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#65. We cannot describe sound, but we cannot forget it either. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#66. 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. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#67. You may not be aware of this but Leonard Bernstein won another award, for explaining the music of Igor Stravinsky ... to Igor Stravinsky! - Author: Victor Borge
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#68. The faculty of creating is never given to us all by itself. It always goes hand in hand with the gift of observation. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#69. Conformism is so hot on the heels of the mass-produced avant-garde that the 'ins' and the 'outs' change places with the speed of mach 3. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#70. An artist is like a pig snouting truffles. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#71. My childhood was a peroid of waiting to the moment when i could send everyone in it to hell. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#72. Stravinsky used Mother Goose. He was influenced by Mother Goose, indirectly, but very beautifully. - Author: Gyorgy Ligeti
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#73. The true creator may be recognized by his ability always to find about him, in the commonest and humblest thing, items worthy of note. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#74. 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. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#75. That's the way Stravinsky was. Bup, bup, bup, bup. The poor guy's dead now. Play it legato. - Author: Eugene Ormandy
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#76. Music is the sole domain in which man realizes the present. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#77. Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#78. I've learned a lot from the masters of orchestration, like Ravel and Stravinsky. - Author: Esa-Pekka Salonen
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#79. The further one separates himself from the precepts of the Christian Church, the further one distances himself from the truth. Only God can create. I make music from music. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#80. An audience is an abstraction; it has no taste. It must depend on the only person who has (pardon, should have), the conductor. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#81. Old age is a time of humiliations, the most disagreeable of which, for me, is that I cannot work long at sustained high pressure with no leaks in concentration. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#82. I never understood the need for a "live" audience. My music, because of its extreme quietude, would be happiest with a dead one. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#83. The trick is to compose what one wants to compose and to get it commissioned afterward. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#84. Good composers don't borrow, they steal - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#85. Composers can do things that weren't allowed in the 17th century. Until we had composers like Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff to break the rules. - Author: Aaron Zigman
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#86. The performance of performance has developed to such an extent in recent years that it challenges the music itself and will soon threaten it with relegation. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#87. To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#88. I had another dream the other day about music critics. They were small and rodent-like with padlocked ears, as if they had stepped out of a painting by Goya. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#89. The more controlled, limited and tormented art is, the freer it is. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#90. Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being? - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#91. In his autobiography Stravinsky relates that the first music he remembers was made by a peasant, working his hand in his armpit to produce a rhytmic farting. - Author: Craig Raine
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#92. Composition is frozen improvisation. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#93. It's something he used to say when he was happy. It could be a very, very simple day. We might be sitting out on the front lawn. Dad loved classical music and we might be listening to some Stravinsky or something and having some tea and eggs. And he'd say, 'Oh, good stuff, isn't it?' - Author: Jennifer Grant
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#94. The perfection of performance has escalated to the extent that the music itself is threatened with relegation. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#95. Stravinsky is one of the greatest composers of our time and I truly love many of his works. ( ... ) The marvellous composer has invariably been at the centre of my attention, and I not only studied and listened to his music, but I played it and made my own transcriptions as well. - Author: Dmitri Shostakovich
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#96. Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#97. Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music. 'Classic' music eliminates the conductor; we do not remember him in it. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#98. I've got a very wide taste in art. I like Russian icon painters. I like Salvador Dali. It's like music. Sometimes you want to hear Led Zeppelin, and sometimes you want to hear Stravinsky. It just depends. - Author: Peter Webber
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#99. We can neither put back the clock nor slow down our forward speed, and as we are already flying pilotless, on instrument controls, it is even too late to ask where we are going. - Author: Igor Stravinsky
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#100. I'm not the kind of actor who runs around and insists on being called Stravinsky by everybody, and my family has to call me Igor. I'm not that kind of actor. I think that's pretentious. - Author: Mads Mikkelsen
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