Top 130 Composers Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Composers Quotes from famous people such as Robert Coppola Schwartzman, Anne Dudley, Hamsalekha, Amaal Mallik, Simon Rattle, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

It would have been more obvious to go into film, based

It would have been more obvious to go into film, based on the generation before me, but the generation before them were all composers or classical musicians.
Robert Coppola Schwartzman
Composers are always going back to the past.
Anne Dudley
When I came into films, I found a vacuum in the field of lyricists, writers and composers.
I am one of the few composers who has been lucky enough to manage to do songs with female singers, despite the labels and producers wanting otherwise. They don’t believe that songs with female voices can work and often push us to work with male singers.
Amaal Mallik
It’s interesting: composers can be very funny ducks.
Simon Rattle
It’s good that Bollywood is changing and directors are trying out Pakistani singers as composers.
Anu Malik
Singers are definitely getting their due in Bollywood. I feel that music composers, on the other hand, tend to lose out on the popularity, fame, and success that singers usually enjoy.
Armaan Malik
Communists love to make films about composers because composers compose music and don’t talk subversive things.
Milos Forman
Usually composers need a reason to write. I need a deadline.
Krzysztof Penderecki
I admire Turgenev, Camus, Proust and Shakespeare, but I’ve also learnt a lot about writing from composers and artists.
Hisham Matar
Jazz has been such a force in music, that any musician, including classical composers, have been influenced, and obviously performers, also.
Yo-Yo Ma
A hundred years ago, of course, the question that the German Composers’ Co-operative asked itself sounded a lot more fundamental: How do you create a fair share for those who ensure that works can actually be performed at all?
Johannes Rau
The composers know what they want from you. So as a vocalist you have got to trust them and surrender yourself to their vision.
Neeti Mohan
A large part of my work has been collaborating with composers; I think we’ve commissioned about 140 pieces now, a lot of them percussion concertos.
Evelyn Glennie
I feel that I belong to the 19th century. Some composers’ music is very topical. It almost says, ‘This is about what I read in newspapers yesterday.’ Not mine.
Gordon Getty
If we want to share the message of the composers, to give good things back to humanity, we have to dig deep while we can.
Andris Nelsons
All of these people kept on being professional musicians and composers in the strictest sense.
James Tenney
I look at composers and conductors, anybody involved in music or writing or art in general; they got more done as they got older. If I can, I’ll be one of those people because what I do is my passion.
Sarah Brightman
I don’t use composers. I research music the way I research the photographs or the facts in my scripts.
Ken Burns
Compared with other Indian film composers, I only write about six movies a year. Others write up to 60.
A. R. Rahman
I started assisting music composers at 15 in an attempt to run away from studies. But my mom, hailing from a traditional, academically inclined south Indian family influence, made me complete my degree.
Amaal Mallik
In Germany, people feel like they own classical music, that it is somehow theirs. Over there, everyone still learns to play, and the great composers don’t seem alien.
Max Richter
Gifted women musicians and composers rarely received their due.
James Cook
You know creators, composers, need a palette for life, a color for life.
Mstislav Rostropovich
The great opera composers were so good at their job, that the whole genre came to be built around the concept of the composer’s vision.
Stewart Copeland
Poets these days, like artists and composers, have won for themselves almost unlimited freedom. You can pass yourself off as a painter without being able to draw, as a composer without being conscious of key relationships, and as a poet without making yourself familiar with traditional verse forms.
Anne Stevenson
I think that what’s been holding composers back a great deal is that they feel they must have a new style every year. This, in my case, would be hopeless. In fact, it is said that I have no style at all, but that doesn’t matter. I just go on doing, as they say, my thing. I believe this takes a certain courage.
Samuel Barber
Then I started listenin’ a lot to classical composers. Piano works. Just to see what they were doin’. That sort of put me in a different groove to try to blend all that in.
Mose Allison
Our industry holds a musical perception about each emotion that we depict in our narrative. As music composers, our job is either to cater to that particular need or give it a contrast that grows on the audience in a way that it begins to sound more universal, than just obvious and expected.
Amaal Mallik
I have declared that I will work free of cost with those composers who are passionate about their work. Sohail Sen is one such lad, whose music in Banjaara has been liked a lot.
Sukhwinder Singh
What inspires me is not so much the music as the opportunity to interact with composers. I think that has driven everything I’ve done.
Robert Moog
I know that composers know my voice type and what songs

I know that composers know my voice type and what songs will suit me. I have been able to mould my voice according to the nature of the song given to me, be it rock, pop or jazz.
Javed Ali
A violin is tuned to a fifth. But a guitar is tuned to a fourth with a one-third middle. It is very perplexing to composers.
Julian Bream
Still, American composers working in France have had a pretty hard time.
Gavin Bryars
I was always drawn to Broadway musicals, and obviously composers like Gershwin, Rodgers, Berlin and Porter were writing music that I found wildly impressive.
Marvin Hamlisch
In the beginning, many composers didn’t have confidence in me. It’s not their fault. It only comes after you’ve delivered your first hit.
Javed Ali
You know, my career hasn’t exactly been the sort of thing that usually happens to film composers, but I sure am glad it happened to me.
Henry Mancini
Sincere composers believe in God.
John Philip Sousa
Time is the main subject for any musicians, music writers, composers.
Ryuichi Sakamoto
As a kid, I loved classical music. Composers like Beethoven were like rock stars to me. Then there were the real rock stars: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan.
Alan Menken
I just think I started off like many composers, just in different fields of music I was doing. I started doing a lot of commercials and jingles, and then that led to doing TV and then films and games and TV.
Lorne Balfe
Upcoming composers in Bollywood are falling prey to the volume game, without caring what they are doing to the history of Indian music, and that’s something to worry about.
Amaal Mallik
I think we have a lot in common with classical composers of the 19th century, although I’m not claiming to have their intelligence. They wanted to create a musical explosion, to blow the crowd away.
Matt Bellamy
When the Domaine Musical started up, I wasn’t part of it. They were the major players in contemporary music at that time, braodcasting old and new composers’ work. And I wasn’t one of them.
Luc Ferrari
No two composers were more totally at home in front of the piano than Debussy and Chopin, hands to keys to strings to sound waves to pen and paper in one perfect gesture of inspiration.
Stephen Hough
I am getting to work with some good musicians, artistes, and composers.
Mohit Chauhan
As far as rock groups, I really like Stone Temple Pilots. As for classical composers, it’s Bach. I love Paganini, too, the Italian composer who would break strings during a performance and finish playing on just one string. Someone I would have loved to play with is Jimi Hendrix.
Matt Schulze
There are two classes of women in Soviet Russia. There is the professional class, which has taken the place of the nobility and includes government officials, artists, doctors, composers and writers as well as former members of the old nobility whose sympathy is with the Soviets, and also the peasant class.
Elsa Schiaparelli
I would really love to do the score for movies. Pick the music and work with composers. I don’t know if I’d be any good at it, but I love music.
Lyndsy Fonseca
Film composers are the most prolific music makers on this planet, and most of us are, like, losing our minds if we’re doing five or more movies in a year.
Christopher Young
Many of the greatest composers and musicians do their best work in extreme confinement but we are seeing it in other fields – uses of technology to link people together in networks to solve problems and almost certainly we’ll get better ideas than we would from them just doing it on their own.
Geoff Mulgan
A lot of Arabic composers such as Mohammed Abdel Wahab mixed sounds and instruments from all over the world. It’s important to be able to propose new ways and new sounds without being stigmatised, censored or put aside.
Yasmine Hamdan
Today, the scope for variety has shrunk drastically. There are only a handful of topnotch composers like A. R. Rahman, Anu Malik, Jatin-Lalit… that’s it.
Lata Mangeshkar
My experience and growth in the film music world and the time I’ve spent studying legendary film composers have given me depth of insight into how music can inspire a range of emotions.
Sid Sriram
If you look at the history of music, you have classical composers, church music, pop music, etc. Music that’s existed for centuries. I think there are some songs that are close to immortal. They will last longer than we will in this lifetime.
Mike Love
Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors and composers have written a good part, a fact which is often overlooked.
Judy Holliday
Good writers are monotonous, like good composers. They keep trying to perfect the one problem they were born to understand.
Alberto Moravia
I loved a lot of the romantic composers.
Alice Merton
I would still love to do more Handel. I think Handel was a fantastic composer. I did lots of Vivaldi, but it’s also important to do the music of Handel, one of the greatest composers of the 18th century.
Cecilia Bartoli