Competitions are for horses, not artists.

— Bela Bartok

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Folk melodies are the embodiment of an artistic perfection of the highest order;

in fact, they are models of the way in which a musical idea can be expressed with utmost perfection in terms of brevity of form and simplicity of means.

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His pagan barbarity, his explosive and angrily defiant melancholy, his demoniacal instinct . . . these are all echoes . . . of the thousand-year-old Hungarian psyche.

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Competitions are for horse, not artist.

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I cannot conceive of music that expresses absolutely nothing.

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With maturity comes the wish to economize - to be more simple.

Maturity is the period when one finds the just measure.

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It may well be that some composers do not believe in God. All of them, however, believe in Bach.

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