„The composer does not sit around and wait for an inspiration to walk up and introduce itself…Making music is actually little else than a matter of invention aided and abetted by emotion. In composing we combine what we know of music with what we feel.“

—  George Gershwin, Isaac Goldberg Tin Pan Alley (New York: John Day, 1930) p. viii.
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