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Igor Stravinsky
June 17, 1882 - April 6, 1971
Nationality: Russian
Category: Composer
Subcategory: Russian Composer

Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music. 'Classic' music eliminates the conductor; we do not remember him in it.


Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.


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.


Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?


Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.


A good composer does not imitate; he steals.


What force is more potent than love?


The Church knew what the psalmist knew: 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.


Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.


What gives the artist real prestige is his imitators.


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.


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.


Money may kindle, but it cannot by itself, and for very long, burn.


Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading.


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.


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.


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.


Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.


I am an inventor of music.


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