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Elliott Carter Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Elliott Carter

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Well when I was young, when I was very young,
when I was a little boy I don't remember the music I heard,
but there was an article in the Brooklyn Daily written
by my Aunt about how I could choose phonograph records.
- Elliott Carter

Right at the end of the war I wrote a piano sonata,
which was written at a time when Sam Barber used to
come down here and we used to have lunch together in
a very nice old hotel that's now not there.
- Elliott Carter

Since I'm allergic to various things,
the army wouldn't accept me during the war,
and I got into the Office of War Information,
which sent music to Europe.
- Elliott Carter

The Quartets have been a major part of my work.
- Elliott Carter

 

I've known those pieces ever since I was about 16 or 17;
I also at that time was taken to meet Charles Ives
whom I got to know fairly well.
He was the one who wrote a recommendation for me to get into college.
- Elliott Carter

In any case, Ives encouraged me to go into music even
though he himself had such a hard time being a composer.
- Elliott Carter

These wealthy people were very interested in contemporary music.
They wanted to help diffuse it and get it to be known to other people.
- Elliott Carter

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My entire life has really revolved around music that
was written about the time that I was born,
1908, to just before the First World War and shortly after it.
This music I've always known, and it is that music
that's most important to me.
- Elliott Carter

Why write for the orchestra? For one thing it's a very challenging problem.
- Elliott Carter

Well I tried to, but I could never write anything that
I liked or was worthwhile.
I threw it all out and realized that I had to make a serious study-
that my tastes were far more advanced than my abilities.
- Elliott Carter

That was one of the big problems when I was at Harvard studying music.
We had to write choral pieces in the style of Brahms or Mendelssohn,
which was distressing because in the end you realized how good Brahms is,
and how bad you are.
- Elliott Carter

Then, when the Depression came, all of this changed completely.
Since that time, the entire public is of a very different
sort and there was not so much support for contemporary music in a direct way.
- Elliott Carter

Silences between movements are employed only in order
to bring the opposing duo to the fore.
- Elliott Carter

I mean the public likes it more in Europe than they
do here because the state supported organizations have
felt that playing contemporary music was part of the education of the public.
- Elliott Carter

An auditory scenario for the players to act out with their instruments.
- Elliott Carter

It was only later on that I became more interested in older music.
- Elliott Carter

Aaron Copland was a man that had a very specific point
of view about what music should be which was that,
he felt that new music should have the composer should
show a personality in his music.
- Elliott Carter

Yes, I get a report from BMI about the frequency of performances,
and it is very surprising.
They played one of my most advanced pieces,
and one of my most unusual ones on the radio.
- Elliott Carter

When I was in Paris, all of the German refugees began
to flow in and it was a very sad time.
- Elliott Carter

Talking about a materialistic thing,
I get about 13 times more royalties from Europe than I do from America.
- Elliott Carter

The Third Quartet I made the instruments in pairs -
Two different pairs -
Violin and viola,
and violin and cello.
They played very different things from each other all through the whole piece.
- Elliott Carter

Almost every one of my various zero numbered birthdays
has had a big concert in London and often in Paris.
- Elliott Carter

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often.
- Anonymous

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward PHOTO

Being angry harms your physical,
emotional, and spiritual well-being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Imagine for yourself a character,
a model personality whose example you determine to follow,
in private as well as in public.
- Epictetus

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

Hatred is blind, as well as love.
- Oscar Wilde

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.
A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being
that places harmony in one's life.
- Peace Pilgrim

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Life is not about how fast you run
or how high you climb
but how well you bounce.
- Vivian Komori

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

It is well to remember that the
entire population of the universe,
with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
- Andrew J. Holmes

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Before we acquire great power
we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The part can never be well unless the whole is well.
- Plato

If you want reality to be different than it is,
you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.
- Byron Katie

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
- Benjamin Franklin

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a dangerous - ultimately fatal - endeavor,
so you may as well live it full out.
Chart your course, cast off the lines,
and boldly sail the seas of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life should not be a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out,
and loudly proclaiming, "Wow! What a Ride!"
- Hunter S. Thompson

Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
- Voltaire

All's well that ends well.
- Proverb (and title of a Shakespeare play)

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
- Dave Barry

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

The well-timed question is more impacting than an answer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
- The Buddha

Your point of view sets you up well in advance
for how you view the events as they unfold.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
- Lao Tzu

What is once well done is done forever.
- Henry David Thoreau

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

Always aim at complete harmony
of thought and word and deed.
Always aim at purifying your thoughts
and everything will be well.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You may as well laugh at life,
because it's certainly laughing at you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A house is not a home unless it
contains food and fire
for the mind as well as the body.
- Benjamin Franklin

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.
- Leonardo da Vinci

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep,
so a life well spent brings happy death.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater is our own sense of well-being.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

You are defined by your habits - choose well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar


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