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A collection of quotes and sayings by Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky on execution, love, music, life, precision, self, genius, opportunity, God, wisdom, art and artists.

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

Famous As: Composer

Born On: June 17, 1882

Died On: January 1, 1970

Born In: Lomonosov

Died At Age: 87

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.

Igor Stravinsky

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?

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.

Igor Stravinsky

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

Igor Stravinsky

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.

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.

Igor Stravinsky

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

Igor Stravinsky

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.

Igor Stravinsky

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]

Igor Stravinsky

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.

Igor Stravinsky

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?

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.

Igor Stravinsky

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.

Igor Stravinsky

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?

Igor Stravinsky

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.

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.

Igor Stravinsky

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.

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.

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.

Igor Stravinsky

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.

Igor Stravinsky

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.

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.

Igor Stravinsky

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.

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.

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.

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