9 Musical Quotes by Famous Composers

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Have you ever wondered what composers thought about their work? In 18 words or less, these quotes unravel the stories behind the music of some of the greatest artistic masterminds known in music history.

1. “My music is best understood by children and animals.” – Stravinsky

2. “I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results.” – Bach

3. “Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano!” – Chopin

4. “Life is a lot like jazz…it’s best when you improvise.” – Gershwin

5. “Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes.” – Claude Debussy

6. “I’m not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like a composer.” – Bernstein

7. “You write to become immortal, or because the piano happens to be open, or you’ve looked into a pair of beautiful eyes.” – Schumann

8. “When we separate music from life, we get art.” – Cage

9. “Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.” – Beethoven

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