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Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it."

I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.




Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "One has a nose. The nose scents and it chooses. An artist is simply a kind of pig snouting truffles."

One has a nose. The nose scents and it chooses. An artist is simply a kind of pig snouting truffles.




Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey."

My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Art is the opposite of chaos. Art is organized chaos."

Art is the opposite of chaos. Art is organized chaos.




Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa Lobos?"

Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa Lobos?



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "A good composer does not imitate; he steals."

A good composer does not imitate; he steals.




Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?"

In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune."

Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Music's exclusive function is to structure the flow of time and keep order in it."

Music's exclusive function is to structure the flow of time and keep order in it.



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

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




Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "What force is more potent than love?"

What force is more potent than love?



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Music is...the coordination between man and time."

Music is...the coordination between man and time.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also."

To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal."

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Art postulates communion, and the artist has an imperative need to make others share the joy which he experiences himself."

Art postulates communion, and the artist has an imperative need to make others share the joy which he experiences himself.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "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 know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "There is music wherever there is rhythm, as there is life wherever there beats a pulse."

There is music wherever there is rhythm, as there is life wherever there beats a pulse.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end."

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



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "An artist is like a pig snouting truffles."

An artist is like a pig snouting truffles.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Vivaldi didn't write 400 concertos; he wrote one concerto 400 times."

Vivaldi didn't write 400 concertos; he wrote one concerto 400 times.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Doomed to total failure in a deaf world of ignorance and indifference, he inexorably kept on cutting out his diamonds, his dazzling diamonds, of whose mines he had a perfect knowledge."

Doomed to total failure in a deaf world of ignorance and indifference, he inexorably kept on cutting out his diamonds, his dazzling diamonds, of whose mines he had a perfect knowledge.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "What gives the artist real prestige is his imitators."

What gives the artist real prestige is his imitators.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Composition is selective improvisation."

Composition is selective improvisation.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "My music is best understood by children and animals."

My music is best understood by children and animals.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?"

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



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "The faculty of creating is never given to us all by itself. It always goes hand in hand with the gift of observation."

The faculty of creating is never given to us all by itself. It always goes hand in hand with the gift of observation.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "A composer is not only an architect but also an inventor, and he should not build houses in which he cannot live."

A composer is not only an architect but also an inventor, and he should not build houses in which he cannot live.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "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 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.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "A cultural snob is someone who claims to be familiar with the incomprehensible."

A cultural snob is someone who claims to be familiar with the incomprehensible.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "My childhood was a period of waiting for the moment when I could send everyone and everything connected with it to hell."

My childhood was a period of waiting for the moment when I could send everyone and everything connected with it to hell.



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

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



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "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"

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



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Music is the sole domain in which man realizes the present."

Music is the sole domain in which man realizes the present.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Composers combine notes, that's all."

Composers combine notes, that's all.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "To be deprived of art and left alone with philosophy is to be close to Hell."

To be deprived of art and left alone with philosophy is to be close to Hell.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "All music is nothing more than a succession of impulses that converge towards a definite point of repose."

All music is nothing more than a succession of impulses that converge towards a definite point of repose.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "The true creator may be recognized by his ability always to find about him, in the commonest and humblest thing, items worthy of note."

The true creator may be recognized by his ability always to find about him, in the commonest and humblest thing, items worthy of note.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "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 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.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "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."

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.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "All you have to do is close your eyes and wait for the symbols."

All you have to do is close your eyes and wait for the symbols.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right."

Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning."

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



Igor Stravinsky Quotes: "An audience is an abstraction; it has no taste. It must depend on the only person who has (pardon, should have), the conductor."

An audience is an abstraction; it has no taste. It must depend on the only person who has (pardon, should have), the conductor.