1. 10

    How much has to be explored and discarded before reaching the naked flesh of feeling.

    55
  2. 9

    On those who overanalyze his music: When you tear the wings off a butterfly, it is no longer a butterfly

    59
  3. 8

    When Claude Debussy studied at the Paris Conservatory from age ten to age twenty-two, many considered him a rebel because of his treatment of dissonance and his disdain for the established forms. He reputedly turned to a fellow student during a performance of Beethoven with the words, "Let's go. He's starting to develop.

    64
  4. 7

    Listen to no one's advice except that of the wind in the trees. That can recount the whole history of mankind.

    67
  5. 6

    I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.

    73
  6. 5

    Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes.

    96
  7. 4

    Music begins where words are powerless to express. Music is made for the inexpressible. I want music to seem to rise from the shadows and indeed sometimes to return to them.

    99
  8. 3

    The sound of the sea, the curve of a horizon, wind in leaves, the cry of a bird leave manifold impression in us. And suddenly, without our wishing it at all, one of these memories spills from us and finds expression in musical language...I want to sing my interior landscape with the simple artlessness of a child.

    133
  9. 2

    Music is the space between the notes.

    172
  10. 1

    There is nothing more musical than a sunset.

    306
  11. Last Update: 27 November 2022

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