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Wendy Carlos Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Wendy Carlos.

Composition has almost always been solitary.
- Wendy Carlos

I'm really a very weak musicologist.
Wish it weren't so, but there's only so much you can
dig deeply into in one lifetime,
as if you hadn't noticed.
- Wendy Carlos

A nice blend of prediction and surprise seem to be
at the heart of the best art.
- Wendy Carlos

As human beings we do change, grow, adapt,
perhaps even learn and become wiser.
- Wendy Carlos

 

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities
that gain esteem and praise,
are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding.
- Joseph Addison

I love playing in Fantomas, which is very strict in terms of composition.
- Trevor Dunn

A creative artist works on his next composition because
he was not satisfied with his previous one.
- Dimitri Shostakovich

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I never presumed that a technique of composition or
an idea was so special that just using it would guarantee
the quality of the music.
- Robert Morris

I used a baritone guitar with a very unusual tuning
that became the body of the composition,
while the classical guitar is on top of it with the main rhythm part.
- Lee Ritenour

I've always felt that there's a point where a piece seems to be alive,
that is, living.
And that's the point where I know the composition is finished.
- David Tudor

I'd like to play for you one of my compositions,
my only composition.
- Dizzy Gillespie

You have to know composition to be a good improviser.
- Roscoe Mitchell

I studied harmony and composition in a very spontaneous manner.
- Alejo Carpentier

True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.
- Florence King

Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph,
is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.
- Edward Weston

When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition,
much as the parts of a body would fit together.
On top of that, I think about how people will approach
the building and experience that space.
- Tadao Ando

I've been a teacher at the college level,
in composition mostly, and I've been an editor on magazines.
- Jane Haddam

No one has the Houdini school of composition.
- Morton Feldman

I have always been willing to admit when I made a mistake.
I made a mistake in my understanding of the composition of the Contras,
not on my opposition to the Contra war.
- Bianca Jagger

Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion
and growth of every dialect,
race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all.
- Walt Whitman

My vocation is more in composition really than anything else -
building up harmonies using the guitar,
orchestrating the guitar like an army,
a guitar army.
- Jimmy Page

From a very early period of my life I have derived
the highest enjoyment from listening to music,
especially to melody, which is to me the most pleasing form of composition.
- James Nasmyth

Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy,
but their good taste and their scientific knowledge
of composition were enormous.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I consider nature a vast chemical laboratory in which
all kinds of composition and decompositions are formed.
- Antoine Lavoisier

In my photography, color and composition are inseparable.
I see in color.
- William Albert Allard

At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough,
grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

What comprises good performance? The ability through
singing or playing to make the ear conscious of the
true content and affect of a composition.
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition,
but it has its curious rewards.
There is a sense of getting somewhere fast,
which satisfies a native American urge.
- James Thurber

When I was in high school, I became interested in cytochemistry:
chemical analysis under the microscope,
and trying to understand the composition of cells.
- Joshua Lederberg

The main thing is that I've been studying composition for the last four years.
I'd say it's the life experience combined with the
lessons that enabled me to go much further.
- Kip Winger

My religion lies in my composition.
- John Philip Sousa

And the invention of transformations of certain figures
has become the most important in musical composition.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

The question of the composition of perceptible objects
is one which already occupied the mind of the ancient Greeks.
- Johannes Stark

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking,
unskilled in the arts of composition,
I resolved to write a book.
- Edward Gibbon

And harmony means that the relationship between all
the elements used in a composition is balanced,
is good.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

The other thing in composition is opening up the unconscious.
- John Fahey

So the thing that's beautiful about the Rolleiflex
is that I open the camera up from the top and put my
face in and that the camera's all about composition and all about light.
- Matthew Modine

Composition gives proper meaning to the natural streams
of sound that penetrate the world.
- Toru Takemitsu

Strong line quality, composition and form are more
crucial although even this is loosely done.
- Frank Bruno

I feel I've been blessed with a gift of creativity and composition.
That's why I've been able to keep going.
- Robin Trower

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

I'm older than my sister so I started writing first.
I started writing at school.
I was always top of my class in composition,
essays, English Lit and all of that.
- Joan Collins

Enthusiasm is the divine particle in our composition:
with it we are great,
generous, and true; without it, we are little,
false, and mean.
- Letitia Landon

Cheerfulness, sir, is the principle ingredient in the composition of health.
- Arthur Murphy

The process of composition, messing around with paragraphs
and trying to make really good prose,
is hardwired into my personality.
- Rick Moody

Good composition is like a suspension bridge -
each line adds strength and takes none away.
- Robert Henri

The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text,
perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe;
it can even be the poem's overall form.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Composition is definitely what I'm born to do,
and it came last.
- David Friedman

Writers are not just people who sit down and write.
They hazard themselves.
Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
- E. L. Doctorow

The Japanese put houses in among the trees and allowed
nature to gain the ascendancy in any composition.
- Stephen Gardiner

My father taught me to paint when I was young with
watercolors and so I learned at a very young age the
essential elements of the value of light and composition.
- Matthew Modine

I don't listen to much modern composition.
- Colin Greenwood

What I end up shooting is the situation.
I shoot the composition and my subject is going to
help the composition or not.
- Annie Leibovitz

Far more thought and care go into the composition of
any prominent ad in a newspaper or magazine than go
into the writing of their features and editorials.
- Marshall McLuhan

There's an ecstasy about doing something really good on film:
the composition of a shot,
the drama within the shot, the texture...
It's palpable.
- William Shatner

The conductor's gift does not always go hand in hand
with that of composition;
indeed,
the union is found much more seldom than is popularly believed.
- Anton Seidl

No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in
his head before painting it,
and is sure of his method and composition.
- Claude Monet

Patriotism is strong nationalistic feeling for a country
whose borders and whose legitimacy and whose ethnic
composition is taken for granted.
- Michael Ignatieff

My intention here is to make it clear that not a single cell of my composition,
here in regard to The Raven, is found by chance or intuition,
that the composition moved towards perfection with
the precision and inevitability of a mathematical equation.
- Maurice Ravel

The well-known fact that the form of a specific substance,
e.g.
water, and hence its properties can alter without a
change in composition was disposed of by the formal view that a physical,
not a chemical, process was involved.
- Wilhelm Ostwald

I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity
in which you can find drama.
Add to that a careful composition of landscapes,
live photography, the right music and interviews with people,
and it becomes a style.
- Ken Burns

When the bus or the plane rolled or flew through the night,
they sang songs of their own composition about Mr Nixon
and the Republicans in chorus with the Kennedy staff and felt that they,
too, were marching like soldiers of the Lord to the New Frontier.
- Theodore White

What I try to impart to a musician is to really try
to practice the instrument in a really sincere way.
Learn as much about music as you possibly can.
Learn composition.
Study to try to create compositions of your own and
put your own personal touch on your music.
- Roscoe Mitchell

The message here was not about indeterminacy,
nor about immediacy, but about the control of sounds
right there in your environment,
and the process of composition as long-term growth
of interests within that sound complex.
- Tony Conrad

In the first quarter of the nineteenth century the
experimental proof for the interdependence of the composition
and properties of chemical compounds resulted in the
theory that they are mutually related,
so that like composition governs like properties,
and conversely.
- Wilhelm Ostwald

My training in music and composition then led me to
a kind of musical language process in which,
for example, the sound of the words I play with has
to expose their true meaning against their will so to speak.
- Elfriede Jelinek

There are particular images that I like.
Allegro is composed of a series of still life photographs
that has been put to speed.
There is so much care that has gone into the composition of the cinematography.
- Helena Christensen

When I left Europe in 1987 I did so with the thought
that my relevance as a composition teacher would benefit
from a certain cool distance to certain tendencies
I had been observing for several years with increasing disquiet.
- Brian Ferneyhough

Is it not the business of the conductor to convey to
the public in its dramatic form the central idea of a composition;
and how can he convey that idea successfully if he
does not enter heart and soul into the life of the
music and the tale it unfolds?
- John Philip Sousa

Great progress was made when arbitration treaties were
concluded in which the contracting powers pledge in
advance to submit all conflicts to an arbitration court,
treaties which not only specify the composition of the court,
but also its procedure.
- Ludwig Quidde

When I need the idea, I can find it immediately.
I have a horror of rewriting or deleting;
the parts of my composition are carried in my head
'till I can write them down,
even to the last note.
Then I do not alter a jot.
- Ruggero Leoncavallo


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