Aaron Copland, 1900 - 1990
Born: 14 November 1900, Brooklyn, New York
Died: 2 December 1990, Cortlandt Manor, New York
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- For me, the most important thing is the element of chance that is built into a live performance. The very great drawback of recorded sound is the fact that it is always the same. No matter how wonderful a recording is, I know that I couldn't live with it — even of my own music — with the same nuances forever. permalink
- I adore extravagance but I abhor waste. permalink
- I object to background music no matter how good it is. Composers want people to listen to their music, they don't want them doing something else while their music is on. I'd like to get the guy who sold all those big businessmen the idea of putting music in the elevators, for he was really clever. What on earth good does it do anybody to hear those four or eight bars while going up a few flights? permalink
- If one were asked to name one musician who came closest to composing without human flaw, I suppose general consensus would choose Johann Sebastian Bach. permalink
- If the listener does eventually come to the point where he makes the ultimate performance by splicing tapes from other musicians' recordings, he will eventually become just as bored with it as with other recordings, for it will still always be the same. Look, for instance, at electronic music. The boys are already becoming bored with what they do because they put it irrevocably on tape. The best indication of this is that more and more they are mixing the live performance element with their tapes. permalink
- Mozart tapped the source from which all music flows, expressing himself with a spontaneity and refinement and breathtaking rightness. permalink
- So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it. permalink
- The greatest moments of the human spirit may be deduced from the greatest moments in music. permalink
- 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.' permalink
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