Igor Stravinsky Quotes

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Born: June 17, 1882, Oranienbaum, St. Petersburg Governorate, Russian Empire [now Lomonosov, Leningrad Oblast, Russia]
Birth Country: Russia
Died: New York City, New York, USA, April 6, 1971
Occupation: Composer

1.
A plague on eminence! I hardly dare cross the street anymore without a convoy, and I am stared at wherever I go like an idiot member of a royal family or an animal in a zoo and zoo animals have been known to die from stares.
- Igor Stravinsky

2.
Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music. 'Classic' music eliminates the conductor we do not remember him in it.
- Igor Stravinsky

3.
Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading.
- Igor Stravinsky

4.
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.
- Igor Stravinsky

5.
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.
- Igor Stravinsky

6.
I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.
- Igor Stravinsky

7.
Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?
- Igor Stravinsky

8.
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
- Igor Stravinsky

9.
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

10.
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.
- Igor Stravinsky

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