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Quotes of the Day for 17 June 2003 – Composition

Today's theme is based on three birthdays. Charles Gounod was born at Paris on this day in 1818. Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was born at Oranienbaum, Russia on this day in 1882. And Barry Alan Pinkus (better known as Barry Manilow) was born at Brooklyn, New York on this day in 1946. They have little in common in terms of time, place, or style, but they all are known for their compositions.

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The quotes:

The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.
     - Charles F. Kettering

The good composer is slowly discovered, the bad composer is slowly found out.
     - Ernest Newman

When we are writing, or painting, or composing, we are, during the time of creativity, freed from normal restrictions, and are opened to a wider world, where colors are brighter, sounds clearer, and people more wondrously complex than we normally realize.
     - Madeleine L'Engle

Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.
     - Samuel Butler, 1612 - 1680

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 Fyodorovich Stravinsky, 1882 - 1971


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