(1882-1971) Russian Composer
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In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?
I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity.
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.
Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.
Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.
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.