stravinski

a compilation of some of my favourite composer quotes:

“Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.”  - Igor Stravinsky

“I am sure my music has a taste of codfish in it.” - Edvard Grieg 

“Never look at the trombones. It only encourages them.” - Richard Strauss

“He’d be better off shovelling snow than scribbling on manuscript paper.” - Richard Strauss on Schoenberg

“I liked your opera. I think I will set it to music.” - Ludvig van Beethoven

“I have written a chorale both sober and suitable. In it I have put everything I know about boredom. I dedicate this to those who do not like me.” - Erik Satie

“ Mr. Wagner has beautiful moments but bad quarters of an hour.” - Gioacchino Rossini

“What a good thing this isn’t music.” - Gioacchino Rossini on Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique 

“Oh how wonderful, really wonderful opera would be if there were no singers!” - Gioacchino Rossini

“In opera there is always too much singing.” - Claude Debussy

“Bring me coffee before I turn into a goat!” - Johann Sebastian Bach

“Listening to the 5th Symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams is like staring at a cow for 45 minutes.” - Aaron Copland 

“The audience expected something big, something colossal, but they were served instead with some agitated water in a saucer.” - Louis Schnieder on Debussy’s La Mer

“He gives me the impression of being a spoilt child.” - Clara Schumann on Liszt 

“What a giftless bastard!” - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on Brahms

“Handel is only fourth rate. He is not even interesting.” - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“Bach on the wrong notes” -  Sergei Prokofiev on Stravinsky 

And, saving the best for last…

“Lick my ass up and down” -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Feel free to add more! (Also please don’t think that I agree with all of these, I am a huge fan of Symphonie Fantastique and La Mer!!)

Me composing
  • Me: This is a nice little theme!
  • Piano: that's like every Ravel piece...
  • Me: ...
  • Me: wait, nah, THIS one is interesting!
  • Piano: mate, that's exactly Faurè nocturne n.4.
  • Me: ...
  • Me: what about this one? Decent innit?
  • Piano: you changed two notes to Brahms 4.
  • Me: *throws hands on the keyboard in despair*
  • Piano: that's Stravinsky piano sonata!
  • I can't write anything! 😥
  • (And I actually don't hate that sonata)
The Signs As Classical Composers
  • Aries: Shostakovitch
  • Taurus: Beethoven
  • Gemini: Mozart
  • Cancer: Ravel
  • Leo: Vivaldi
  • Virgo: Bach
  • Libra: Tchaikovsky
  • Scorpio: Stravinsky
  • Sagittarius: Handel
  • Capricorn: Verdi
  • Aquarius: Schubert
  • Pisces: Rachmaninoff
The Best Solos
  • Piccolo: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. 3
  • Flute: Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals, Aviary
  • Oboe: Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite, Serenata
  • English Horn: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8, Mvmt. 1
  • E-Flat Clarinet: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Mvmt. 2
  • B-Flat Clarinet: Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Bass Clarinet: Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
  • Bassoon: Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade, Mvmt. 2
  • Contrabassoon: Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • French Horn: R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche
  • Trumpet: Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 1
  • Trombone: R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • Tuba: Gershwin: An American in Paris
  • Percussion: Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis, Mvmt. 2
  • Violin: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 2
  • Viola: Brahms: Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. 2
  • Cello: Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 2
  • Double Bass: Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals, L'Elephant
Why Cage is just like Bach
  • Bach- Is Bach
  • Handel- A more religious Bach
  • Mozart- A cuter younger Handel
  • Beethoven- An angsty Mozart
  • Chopin- A less angsty Beethoven
  • Tchaikovsky- Chopin plus Orchestra
  • Debussy- A relaxed Tchaikovsky
  • Ravel- Debussy plus Jazz
  • Gershwin- Ravel plus even more jazz
  • Joplin- Gershwin plus more America
  • Stravinsky- Joplin plus atonal
  • Ives- Stravinsky plus more messed up music
  • Cage- Ives minus the music