quote by Jaco Pastorius

I'm not a star. I'll never be a Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley or a Ray Charles. I'm just an imitator, man. I'm doing a very bad imitation on the bass of Jerry Jemmott, Bernard Odum, Jimmy Fielder, Jimmy Blanton, Igor Stravinsky, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, James Brown, Charlie Parker... the cats, man. I'm just backing up the cats.

— Jaco Pastorius

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I loved Debussy, Stravinsky, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, anything with romantic melodies, especially the nocturnes. Nietzsche was a hero, especially with Thus Spoke Zarathustra. He gets a bad rap; hes very misunderstood. Hes a maker of individuals, and he was a teacher of teachers.


Stravinsky the composer I worship. Stravinsky the thinker I despise.

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New music? Hell, there's been no new music since Stravinsky.

Since I didn't have any kind of formal training, it didn't make any difference to me if I was listening to Lightnin' Slim, or a vocal group called the Jewels ... , or Webern, or Varèse, or Stravinsky. To me it was all good music.

The first music I was exposed to was Stravinsky and I loved it but I don't remember it.


It's something he used to say when he was happy.

It could be a very, very simple day. We might be sitting out on the front lawn. Dad loved classical music and we might be listening to some Stravinsky or something and having some tea and eggs. And he'd say, 'Oh, good stuff, isn't it?'

That's the way Stravinsky was. Bup, bup, bup, bup. The poor guy's dead now. Play it legato.

Stravinskys music, hard, cold, unsentimental, enormously brilliant and virtuous, was now the favorite of my postadolescence. In a different way it achieved the hard, cold, postwar flawlessness which I myself wanted to attain-but in an entirely different style, medium.

I'm too busy playing. When I'm playing I don't pay attention to who's listening. When I was listening I listened to symphony orchestras, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Stravinsky. You don't listen to one instrument; you listen to music.

In two thousand years all our generals and politicians may be forgotten, but Einstein and Madame Curie and Bernard Shaw and Stravinsky will keep the memory of our age alive.


Pulse as an active means of expression, Stravinsky and Beethoven are the two masters of that.

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.

I've learned a lot from the masters of orchestration, like Ravel and Stravinsky.

Even Stravinsky does not evoke the same public affection as Verdi.

Stravinsky is masterly: his harmony is conceived so precisely that it can only be the way it is.


Bernard Herrmann used to write all his scores by himself.

So did Bach, Beethoven and Stravinsky. I don't understand why this happens in the movie industry.

You may not be aware of this but Leonard Bernstein won another award, for explaining the music of Igor Stravinsky... to Igor Stravinsky!

Composers can do things that weren't allowed in the 17th century.

Until we had composers like Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff to break the rules.

I'm not the kind of actor who runs around and insists on being called Stravinsky by everybody, and my family has to call me Igor. I'm not that kind of actor. I think that's pretentious.

We might as well swing boys, because Stravinsky cuts us all.


Stravinsky used Mother Goose. He was influenced by Mother Goose, indirectly, but very beautifully.

[Phil wood] put on some [Igor] Stravinsky and say to follow the score, tell me to play me the opening to the Rite of Spring. Or, "I'm going to play you some 20th century obscure classical composer you don't know". Or, "Let's listen to some Charles Ives, let's sight read some Bartok violin duets", etc.

If we think today the way TV is ordering us to think, we think of Einstein as someone modern. Stravinsky is modern music, but it came at the time of Birth of a Nation, which is an old movie.

I'm not Stravinsky, I never will be.

I came up in the '60s; that was a time when there was a revolution going on in music. Stravinsky had become a twelve-tone composer; even Aaron Copland was writing twelve-tone pieces at that time!


I've got a very wide taste in art. I like Russian icon painters. I like Salvador Dali. It's like music. Sometimes you want to hear Led Zeppelin, and sometimes you want to hear Stravinsky. It just depends.

I had no idea Stravinsky disliked Debussy so much as this.

If possible, be Russian. And live in another country. Play chess. Be an active trader between languages. Carry precious metals from one to the other. Remind us of Stravinsky. Know the names of plants and flying creatures. Hunt gauzy wings with snares of gauze. Make science pay tribute. Have a butterfly known by your name.

You can rave about Stravinsky without the slightest risk of being classified as a lunatic by the next generation .

The composer Stravinsky had written a new piece with a difficult violin passage.

After it had been in rehearsal for several weeks, the solo violinist came to Stravinsky and said he was sorry, he had tried his best, the passage was too difficult, no violinist could play it. Stravinsky said, 'I understand that. What I am after is the sound of someone trying to play it.'