Creativity Quote

3 Creativity Quotes

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It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. –Albert Einstein

Every education system on earth has the same hierarchy. Arts are on the bottom. In the arts, music is at the top, dance is at the bottom. As they grow up, we educate them from the waist up. Who are the winners of public education? The purpose seem to be to produce university professors. Typically, they live in their heads. They look on their body as a form of transport for their heads. A way of getting their head to meetings. All educational systems are geared for industrial employment. Don’t do music, you can’t get a job in it. Lots of people think they’re not talented because the thing they’re good in wasn’t valued in school. So many people are graduating from school, degrees are not worth anything. Academic inflation. Intelligence comes in many forms. It is dynamic, interactive, distinct. Creativity comes through connecting diverse disciplines. ­– Sir Ken Robinson

Without creativity we have no art, no literature, no science, no innovation, no problem solving, no progress. – A.J. Starko, Creativity in the Classroom


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Composition Quote of the Day: Our Duty

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We have a duty towards music, namely, to invent it.

–Igor Stravinsky

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Composition Quote of the Day: Be Clear

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What I’m saying, of course, is that you just can’t worry about trying to be completely clear, because it’s just not possible to write music on such a low and obvious level as to do that. On the other hand, I find that most composers exaggerate in the other direction. They think that if musical structure is clear the music will somehow lose its mystery, or people will think the composer is stupid. I find, though, that the more you understand music the more mysterious it becomes, and this is even true of pieces that have been analysed to death, like [Beethoven’s] Fifth Symphony. I also find that intelligent people always respect the intelligence needed to construct a simple structure in a clear way that really works.

–Tom Johnson

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Composition Quote of the Day: What Works

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I stole this quote from Jennifer Jolley‘s wonderful composer blog Why Compose When You Can Blog:

Theory is when you know everything but nothing works.

Practice is when everything works but no one knows why.

In our lab, theory and practice are combined: nothing works and no one knows why.

–Anonymous [apparently]

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Composing Quote of the Day: Details, Details

Benjamin Britten

Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house. Slowly you see more details of the house – the color of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows. The notes are the bricks and mortar of the house.

–Benjamin Britten


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Composition Quote of the Day: Nothing Better

Clara Schumann

There is nothing greater than the joy of composing something oneself and then listening to it.

–Clara Schumann


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Creativity Quote of the Day: Everyone Has It

CharlesEdwardIves1913 part

Every normal man… has, in some degree, creative insight… and an interest, desire, and ability to express it. There are many who think they have none of it… But in every human soul there is a ray of celestial beauty… and a spark of genius.

–Charles Ives, from Postface to 114 Songs


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