Aaron Copland Quotes

Aaron Copland (/?ær?n ?ko?pl?nd/; November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, in his later years he was often referred to as "the Dean of American Composers" and is best known to the public for the works he wrote in the 1930s and 1940s in a deliberately accessible style often referred to as "populist" and which the composer labeled his "vernacular" style

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Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.

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Mozart tapped the source from which all music flows, expressing himself with a spontaneity and refinement and breathtaking rightness.

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If you want to know about the Sixties, play the music of The Beatles.

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Composers tend to assume that everyone loves music. Surprisingly enough, everyone doesnâ??t.

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You compose because you want to somehow summarize in some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive, to set down... some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now, today.

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Music that is born complex is not inherently better or worse than music that is born simple.

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A great symphony is a man-made Mississippi down which we irresistibly flow from the instant of our leave-taking to a long forseen destination.

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Most people use music as a couch; they want to be pillowed on it, relaxed and consoled for the stress of daily living. But serious music was never meant to be soporific.

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I adore extravagance but I abhor waste.

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The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.'

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“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.”

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“Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.”

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“So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.”

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“Don't ever let him near a microphone.”

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“When I speak of the gifted listener, I am thinking of the nonmusician primarily, of the listener who intends to retain his amateur status. It is the thought of just such a listener that excites the composer in me.”

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