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To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.
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.
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.
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.
Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.
My music is best understood by children and animals.
Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.
Money may kindle, but it cannot by itself, and for very long, burn.
Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?
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.
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.
I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.
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.
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