Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.

— Edgard Varese

The most fulfilling Edgard Varese quotes that will add value to your life

I don't want to write any more for the old Man-power instruments and am handicapped by the lack of adequate electrical instruments for which I now conceive my music.


A man is culpable in the eyes of society when he escapes from the jurisdiction of its mediocrity.


I do not write experimental music. My experimenting is done before I make the music. Afterwards it is the listener who must experiment.


Music is organized sound.


Music, which should pulsate with life, needs new means of expression, and science alone can infuse it with youthful vigor.


I was not influenced by composers as much as by natural objects and physical phenomena.


I dream of instruments obedient to my thought and which with their contribution of a whole new world of unsuspected sounds, will lend themselves to the exigencies of my inner rhythm.


Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.


The beginning of art is not reason. It is the buried treasure of the unconscious...that unconscious which has more understanding than our lucidity.


Our musical alphabet is poor and illogical.


I have just begun a work in which an important part is given to a large chorus and with it I want to use several of your instruments - augmenting their range as in those I used for my Equatorial - especially in the high range.


No matter how consummate a work of art may seem, it is only an approximation of the original conception. It is the artist's consciousness of this discrepancy between his conception and the realization that assures his progress.


About Edgard Varese

Quotes 22 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Composer
Birthday October 16

There is an idea, the basis of an internal structure, expanded and split into different shapes or groups of sound constantly changing in shape, direction, and speed, attracted and repulsed by various forces.


There are two infinities: God and stupidity.


Men set themselves a goal, and having attained it, are satisfied and grow paunches. In their complacency they forget that their only future is now death.


In every domain of art, a work that corresponds to the need of its day carries a message of social and cultural value. It is the artist who crystallizes his age ... who fixes his time in history.


A work of art must make the rules: rules do not make a work of art.

..I tell people I am not a musician; I work with rhythms, frequencies and are merely the gossips of music.


Music is the most abstract of the arts and also the most physical. is under two signs, the stars and the wine


The present day composer refuses to die.


I rather like a certain clumsiness in a work of art.


An artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs.