„Communists love to make films about composers, because composers compose music and don't talk subversive things.“

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Miloš Forman1
1932 - 2018

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„The composer makes plans, music laughs.“

— Morton Feldman American avant-garde composer 1926 - 1987
Quoted in Give My Regards to Eighth Street: Collected Writings of Morton Feldman, .

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„Why did Mozart compose music?“

— Jonas Salk Inventor of polio vaccine 1914 - 1995
Response when asked why he chose to do medical research rather than be a practicing physician, as quoted in The Polio Man : The Story of Dr. Jonas Salk (1961) by John Rowland, p. 23

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„I’m nothing but a conduit. The music goes though my ears, my fingers… Composer is a god. Composer creates music. We’re performers. We’re just passing it on.“

— Valentina Lisitsa Ukrainian-American classical pianist 1973
telegraph.co.uk http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/9467708/Pianist-Valentina-Lisitsa-interview-with-the-YouTube-star.html

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„I don't compose. I assemble materials.“

— Aaron Copland American composer, composition teacher, writer, and conductor 1900 - 1990
Aaron Copland: the Life and Work of an Uncommon Man,.

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„Never compose anything unless the not composing of it becomes a positive nuisance to you.“

— Gustav Holst English composer 1874 - 1934
Cited in Imogen Holst The Music of Gustav Holst (1951) p. 73 as "His favourite piece of advice".

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„For the same reasons a music composer writes its own symphony, whereas others already did the same things, but differently.“

— Benoît Minisini French computer programmer 1973
Answering why he wrote an independent scripting language for Gambas. Quoted from FOSDEM interview, " http://www.madeasy.de/7/benoit.htm http://www.madeasy.de/7/benoit.htm" Mad Easy (2005-02-14)

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