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Type: Composer
Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 08/22/1862




 

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Art is the most beautiful of all lies.
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I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.
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Music is the silence between the notes.
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The attraction of the virtuoso for the public is very like that of the circus for the crowd. There is always the hope that something dangerous will happen.
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I wish to sing of my interior visions with the naive candour of a child.
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How much has to be explored and discarded before reaching the naked flesh of feeling.
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People come to music to seek oblivion: is that not also a form of deception?
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Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.
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Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.
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The century of airplanes has a right to its own music.
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A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn.
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First of all, ladies and gentlemen, you must forget that you are singers.
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Art is the most beautiful deception of all. And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it, we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it become a utilitarian thing, sad as a factory.
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The century of aeroplanes deserves its own music. As there are no precedents, I must create anew.
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Extreme complication is contrary to art.
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There is nothing is more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little - the book of Nature.
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Beauty must appeal to the senses, must provide us with immediate enjoyment, must impress us or insinuate itself into us without any effort on our part.
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Some people wish above all to conform to the rules, I wish only to render what I can hear. There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law.
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In opera, there is always too much singing.
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The colour of my soul is iron-grey and sad bats wheel about the steeple of my dreams.
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Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes.
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