Personality is essential. It is in every work of art. When someone walks on stage for a performance and has charisma, everyone is convinced that he has personality. I find that charisma is merely a form of showmanship. Movie stars usually have it. A politician has to have it.

— Lukas Foss

The most astonishing Lukas Foss quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions. The same applies to the arts.

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Why do we pigeonhole and label an artist? It is a sure way of missing the important, the contradictory, the things that make him or her unique.

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It is the element I miss in electronic music - no performance, no loving immersion. Maybe that is why I was never particularly drawn to electronic music.

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Any creator owes a debt to past creation.

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The fact that Stravinsky used the classics as a major influence is obvious.

What is interesting is how he used them, how he turned Bach into Stravinsky.

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When I went back to visit my native Berlin after World War II, I noticed that the only thing I really remembered from my childhood Berlin days is the shoe store.

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To me, Mozart is our Shakespeare, the one who wrote the most dramatic, psychologically most baffling music. He combined ideas that no one else would have thought of putting together.

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To come to grips with creativity, I must ask creative, adventurous questions - the kind which, in all likelihood, cannot be answered.

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I don't dare postulate about science, but I know that it takes both emotion and intellect in order for art to happen.

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In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration began to replace the word idea in the arts.

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To understand Mozart's contradictory qualities would indeed be to understand genius.

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Mozart wrote so many works in his thirty-five years that it would take a lifetime just to write out the notes. We literally do not know how he did it.

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About Lukas Foss

Quotes 27 sayings
Profession Composer
Birthday August 15, 1922

Composing is like making love to the future.

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Most people think an artist tries to be original, but originality is the last thing that develops in the artist.

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The best way to investigate the elusive phenomenon called the creative process may well be to target all the misconceptions, to explain what the creative process is not.

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Truth is a big concept.

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Boulez's only concern is with power. He lost the leadership of the avant-guard more than ten years ago to Stockhausen. Now others have moved in. With the need for power, where was he to go? So he chose to be a conductor. He is a wonderful musician, a wonderful intelligence. It's a pity there is no humanity there. Does he have sex? I think not. When men have no sex, they go after power in this big, obsessive way.

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The creative act is like writing a letter.

A letter is a project; you don't sit down to write a letter unless you know what you want to say and to whom you want to say it.

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If one uses music that one does not really love, then one will not succeed in making it one's own.

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Yes, influences are enriching, and they can be found in every work of art, even the most original.

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As I sit down and start to work, I often panic.

I stare at the empty piece of music paper. How can I say that my piece will be ready for performance next January when I do not have a recipe for making it happen?

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My students frequently ask what their next project should be.

My advice: immerse yourself in the music you love and you will find what you want to do; you will discover your next project.

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I strongly suggest that we play down basics like who influenced whom, and instead study the way the influence is transformed, in other words: how the artist made it his own.

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Truth implies meaning.

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Most artists have experienced the creative block.

We get stuck in our work. We beat our head against the wall: nothing. Sometimes, it is because we are trying something at the wrong time.

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I still do not know where the notes will come from when I accept a commission for a new work.

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