Film composing is a splendid discipline, and I recommend a course of it to all composition teachers whose pupils are apt to be dawdling in their ideas, or whose every bar is sacred and must not be cut or altered.
"Film Music", The R. C. M. Magazine, February 1944.
The duty of the words is to say just as much as the music has left unsaid and no more.Ralph Vaughan Williams
Before going any further may we take it that the object of art is to obtain a partial revelation of that which is beyond human senses and human faculties – of that, in fact, which is spiritual? And that the means which we employ to induce this revelation are those very senses and faculties themselves?Ralph Vaughan Williams
The art of music above all the other arts is the expression of the soul of a nation.Ralph Vaughan Williams
I don't know whether I like it, but it's what I meant.Ralph Vaughan Williams
The audience is requested not to refrain from talking during the overture. Otherwise they will know all the tunes before the opera begins.Ralph Vaughan Williams
The attitude of foreign to English musicians is unsympathetic, self-opinionated and pedantic. They believe that their tradition is the only one (this is specially true of the Viennese) and that anything that is not in accordance with that tradition is "wrong" and arises from insular ignorance.Ralph Vaughan Williams
Film contains potentialities for the combination of all the arts such as Wagner never dreamt of.Ralph Vaughan Williams
In the next world, I shan't be doing music, with all the striving and disappointments. I shall be being it.Ralph Vaughan Williams
It never seems to occur to people that a man might just want to write a piece of music.Ralph Vaughan Williams
There was a feeling of recognition, as of meeting an old friend, which comes to us all in the face of great artistic experiences. I had the same experience when I first heard an English folksong, when I first saw Michelangelo's Day and Night, when I suddenly came upon Stonehenge or had my first sight of New York City – the intuition that I had been there already.Ralph Vaughan Williams