JOHN OLIVER


composer

Words

about music, concerts, the arts in Canada, and more. A collection of essays and blogs (which I’ve embedded here all in one place).

Famous composer quotes

…composers whose words inspire…

  • "Art, and, above all, music, has a fundamental function, which is to catalyze the sublimation that it can bring about through all means of expression. It must aim through fixations which are landmarks, to draw [one] towards a total exaltation in which the individual mingles, losing his consciousness in a truth immediate, rare, enormous, and perfect. If a work of art succeeds in this undertaking even for a single moment, it attains its goal." — Iannis Xenakis

  • “Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” ― Frank Zappa, Real Frank Zappa Book

  • “Music is...a higher revelation than all wisdom & philosophy” ― Ludwig van Beethoven

  • "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

  • "Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end." — Igor Stravinsky

  • "Now there is no taboo; everything is allowed. But one cannot simply go back to tonality, it’s not the way. We must find a way of neither going back nor continuing the avant-garde. I am in a prison: one wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape." — Gyorgy Ligeti

  • “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius, The Book of Rites

  • “Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..” ― Pablo Casals

  • “For me there is something primitively soothing about this music, and it went straight to my nervous system, making me feel ten feet tall.” ― Eric Clapton

  • "Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art." — Claude Debussy

  • “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” ― Robert Fripp

  • “Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols