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.
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.
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.
Any creator owes a debt to past creation.
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.
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.
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.
To come to grips with creativity, I must ask creative, adventurous questions - the kind which, in all likelihood, cannot be answered.
I don't dare postulate about science, but I know that it takes both emotion and intellect in order for art to happen.
In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration began to replace the word idea in the arts.
To understand Mozart's contradictory qualities would indeed be to understand genius.
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.
Composing is like making love to the future.
Most people think an artist tries to be original, but originality is the last thing that develops in the artist.
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.
Truth is a big concept.
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.
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.
If one uses music that one does not really love, then one will not succeed in making it one's own.
Yes, influences are enriching, and they can be found in every work of art, even the most original.
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?
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.
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.
Truth implies meaning.
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.
I still do not know where the notes will come from when I accept a commission for a new work.