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39 Insightful Quotes By Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky On Love, Music, Life Etc

Famous As: One of the Most Influential Composers of the 20th Century and a Pivotal Figure in 'Modernist Music'
Born On: June 17, 1882
Died On: April 6, 1971
Born In: Lomonosov, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died At Age: 88
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a distinguished Russian conductor, composer and pianist. He is counted amongst one of the most influential and great composers of the 20th century. He was renowned for his compositions which had a stylistic diversity. He was born to a musician father, and pursued law from ‘University of Petersburg’. However, he never became a lawyer and opted to study music under distinguished composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov instead. He shot to international fame with a ballet called ‘The Firebird’ at the age of 28. We have compiled some famous quotable quotes and sayings by Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky which have been excerpted from his work, music, thoughts and life. Read through the corpus of notable quotes and thoughts by Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky on children, great, truth, tomorrow, effort, listen, love, music, forgiveness, force, respect, beginning, undone, prestige, time, romantic and more.
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I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.

I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.

Igor Stravinsky
To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.

To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.

Igor Stravinsky
In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?

In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?

Igor Stravinsky
Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has to the book I am reading.

Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has to the book I am reading.

Igor Stravinsky
One lives by memory . . . and not by truth.

One lives by memory . . . and not by truth.

Igor Stravinsky
To continue in one path is to go backward.

To continue in one path is to go backward.

Igor Stravinsky
Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.

Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.

Igor Stravinsky
Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.

Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.

Igor Stravinsky
Music is the sole domain in which man realizes the present.

Music is the sole domain in which man realizes the present.

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

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.

Igor Stravinsky
My childhood was a peroid of waiting to the moment when i could send everyone in it to hell.

My childhood was a peroid of waiting to the moment when i could send everyone in it to hell.

Igor Stravinsky
He was a six and a half foot scowl.

(on Rachmaninov)

He was a six and a half foot scowl. (on Rachmaninov)

Igor Stravinsky
Georgian folk music has more new musical ideas than all the contemporary music.
[Los Angeles Times. 26.02.1990]

Georgian folk music has more new musical ideas than all the contemporary music. [Los Angeles Times. 26.02.1990]

Igor Stravinsky
The trick is to compose what one wants to compose and to get it commissioned afterward.

The trick is to compose what one wants to compose and to get it commissioned afterward.

Igor Stravinsky
I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.

I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.

Igor Stravinsky
I am an inventor of music.

I am an inventor of music.

Igor Stravinsky
Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?

Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?

Igor Stravinsky
Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music. 'Classic' music eliminates the conductor; we do not remember him in it.

Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music. 'Classic' music eliminates the conductor; we do not remember him in it.

Igor Stravinsky
Money may kindle, but it cannot by itself, and for very long, burn.

Money may kindle, but it cannot by itself, and for very long, burn.

Igor Stravinsky
The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting, any more than it has any reason for ending.

The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting, any more than it has any reason for ending.

Igor Stravinsky
Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?

Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?

Igor Stravinsky
What force is more potent than love?

What force is more potent than love?

Igor Stravinsky
What gives the artist real prestige is his imitators.

What gives the artist real prestige is his imitators.

Igor Stravinsky
Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.

Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.

Igor Stravinsky
The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead.

The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead.

Igor Stravinsky
Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.

Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.

Igor Stravinsky
Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.

Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.

Igor Stravinsky
The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.

The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.

Igor Stravinsky
I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust.

I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust.

Igor Stravinsky
My music is best understood by children and animals.

My music is best understood by children and animals.

Igor Stravinsky
I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity.

I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity.

Igor Stravinsky
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.

Igor Stravinsky
I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach, living in anonymity and composing regularly for an established service and for God.

I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach, living in anonymity and composing regularly for an established service and for God.

Igor Stravinsky
The real composer thinks about his work the whole time; he is not always conscious of this, but he is aware of it later when he suddenly knows what he will do.

The real composer thinks about his work the whole time; he is not always conscious of this, but he is aware of it later when he suddenly knows what he will do.

Igor Stravinsky
Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.

Harpists spend 90 percent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 percent playing out of tune.

Igor Stravinsky
A good composer does not imitate; he steals.

A good composer does not imitate; he steals.

Igor Stravinsky
Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading.

Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading.

Igor Stravinsky
The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.

The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.

Igor Stravinsky

A plague on eminence! I hardly dare cross the street anymore without a convoy, and I am stared at wherever I go like an idiot member of a royal family or an animal in a zoo; and zoo animals have been known to die from stares.

Igor Stravinsky