Much of the music is a Merzbild , put together from whatever came to hand. I mean, for example...the Alberti-bass horn solo accompanying the Messenger. I also mean the fusion of such widely divergent types of music as the Folies Bergeres tune at No. 40 ('The girls enter, kicking') and the Wagnerian 7th-chords at Nos. 58 and 74."
p. 27: Dialogues,
I was…attacked for being a pasticheur , chided for composing “simple” music, blamed for deserting “modernism,” accused of renouncing my “true Russian heritage.” People who had never heard of, or cared about, the originals cried “sacrilege”: “The classics are ours. Leave the classics alone.” To them all my answer was and is the same: You “respect,” but I love.Igor Stravinsky
My music is best understood by children and animals.Igor Stravinsky
One has a nose. The nose scents and it chooses. An artist is simply a kind of pig snouting truffles.Igor Stravinsky
The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music; they should be taught to love it instead.Igor Stravinsky
The phenomenon of music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the co-ordination between man [sic] and time .Igor Stravinsky
Music's exclusive function is to structure the flow of time and keep order in it.Igor Stravinsky
What I cannot follow are the manic-depressive fluctuations from total control to no control, from the serialization of all elements to chance.Igor Stravinsky
Composers combine notes, that's all.Igor Stravinsky
It is the transcendent (or 'abstract' or 'self-contained') nature of music that the new so called concretism--Pop Art, eighteen-hour slices-of-reality films, musique concrete --opposes. But instead of bringing art and reality closer together, the new movement merely thins out the distinction.Igor Stravinsky
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