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Composition Quotes
Inspirational Quotes about Composition

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When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition,
much as the parts of a body would fit together.
On top of that, I think about how people will approach
the building and experience that space.
- Tadao Ando

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What I end up shooting is the situation.
I shoot the composition and my subject is going to
help the composition or not.
- Annie Leibovitz

And the invention of transformations of certain figures
has become the most important in musical composition.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion
and growth of every dialect,
race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all.
- Walt Whitman

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No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in
his head before painting it,
and is sure of his method and composition.
- Claude Monet

I've been a teacher at the college level,
in composition mostly, and I've been an editor on magazines.
- Jane Haddam

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau


 

I don't listen to much modern composition.
- Colin Greenwood

Composition has almost always been solitary.
- Wendy Carlos

The process of composition, messing around with paragraphs
and trying to make really good prose,
is hardwired into my personality.
- Rick Moody

From a very early period of my life I have derived
the highest enjoyment from listening to music,
especially to melody, which is to me the most pleasing form of composition.
- James Nasmyth

I used a baritone guitar with a very unusual tuning
that became the body of the composition,
while the classical guitar is on top of it with the main rhythm part.
- Lee Ritenour

I'm older than my sister so I started writing first.
I started writing at school.
I was always top of my class in composition,
essays, English Lit and all of that.
- Joan Collins

Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy,
but their good taste and their scientific knowledge
of composition were enormous.
- Vincent Van Gogh

My father taught me to paint when I was young with
watercolors and so I learned at a very young age the
essential elements of the value of light and composition.
- Matthew Modine

Strong line quality, composition and form are more
crucial although even this is loosely done.
- Frank Bruno

A creative artist works on his next composition because
he was not satisfied with his previous one.
- Dimitri Shostakovich

My vocation is more in composition really than anything else -
building up harmonies using the guitar,
orchestrating the guitar like an army,
a guitar army.
- Jimmy Page

I love playing in Fantomas, which is very strict in terms of composition.
- Trevor Dunn

Composition is definitely what I'm born to do,
and it came last.
- David Friedman

The conductor's gift does not always go hand in hand
with that of composition;
indeed,
the union is found much more seldom than is popularly believed.
- Anton Seidl

Far more thought and care go into the composition of
any prominent ad in a newspaper or magazine than go
into the writing of their features and editorials.
- Marshall McLuhan

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking,
unskilled in the arts of composition,
I resolved to write a book.
- Edward Gibbon

And harmony means that the relationship between all
the elements used in a composition is balanced,
is good.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

What comprises good performance? The ability through
singing or playing to make the ear conscious of the
true content and affect of a composition.
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

I feel I've been blessed with a gift of creativity and composition.
That's why I've been able to keep going.
- Robin Trower

My religion lies in my composition.
- John Philip Sousa

The main thing is that I've been studying composition for the last four years.
I'd say it's the life experience combined with the
lessons that enabled me to go much further.
- Kip Winger

True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.
- Florence King

Composition gives proper meaning to the natural streams
of sound that penetrate the world.
- Toru Takemitsu

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities
that gain esteem and praise,
are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding.
- Joseph Addison

I've always felt that there's a point where a piece seems to be alive,
that is, living.
And that's the point where I know the composition is finished.
- David Tudor

The question of the composition of perceptible objects
is one which already occupied the mind of the ancient Greeks.
- Johannes Stark

The Japanese put houses in among the trees and allowed
nature to gain the ascendancy in any composition.
- Stephen Gardiner

In my photography, color and composition are inseparable.
I see in color.
- William Albert Allard

Patriotism is strong nationalistic feeling for a country
whose borders and whose legitimacy and whose ethnic
composition is taken for granted.
- Michael Ignatieff

Good composition is like a suspension bridge -
each line adds strength and takes none away.
- Robert Henri

I consider nature a vast chemical laboratory in which
all kinds of composition and decompositions are formed.
- Antoine Lavoisier

Writers are not just people who sit down and write.
They hazard themselves.
Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
- E. L. Doctorow

The other thing in composition is opening up the unconscious.
- John Fahey

You have to know composition to be a good improviser.
- Roscoe Mitchell

I studied harmony and composition in a very spontaneous manner.
- Alejo Carpentier

The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text,
perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe;
it can even be the poem's overall form.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

No one has the Houdini school of composition.
- Morton Feldman

Enthusiasm is the divine particle in our composition:
with it we are great,
generous, and true; without it, we are little,
false, and mean.
- Letitia Landon

I have always been willing to admit when I made a mistake.
I made a mistake in my understanding of the composition of the Contras,
not on my opposition to the Contra war.
- Bianca Jagger

So the thing that's beautiful about the Rolleiflex
is that I open the camera up from the top and put my
face in and that the camera's all about composition and all about light.
- Matthew Modine

At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough,
grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I'd like to play for you one of my compositions,
my only composition.
- Dizzy Gillespie

When I was in high school, I became interested in cytochemistry:
chemical analysis under the microscope,
and trying to understand the composition of cells.
- Joshua Lederberg

Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph,
is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.
- Edward Weston

I never presumed that a technique of composition or
an idea was so special that just using it would guarantee
the quality of the music.
- Robert Morris

Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition,
but it has its curious rewards.
There is a sense of getting somewhere fast,
which satisfies a native American urge.
- James Thurber

There's an ecstasy about doing something really good on film:
the composition of a shot,
the drama within the shot, the texture...
It's palpable.
- William Shatner

Cheerfulness, sir, is the principle ingredient in the composition of health.
- Arthur Murphy

Attempts have been made from a study of the changes
produced by mutation to obtain the relative order of
the bases within various triplets,
but my own view is that these are premature until there
is more extensive and more reliable data on the composition of the triplets.
- Francis Crick

I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity
in which you can find drama.
Add to that a careful composition of landscapes,
live photography, the right music and interviews with people,
and it becomes a style.
- Ken Burns

Realizing this, I knew that the actual space of a room
could be broken down and played with by planting illusions
of real light (electric light) at crucial junctures
in the room's composition.
- Dan Flavin

Now to consult the rules of composition before making
a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.
Such rules and laws are deduced from the accomplished fact;
they are the products of reflection.
- Edward Weston

There are no rules and regulations for perfect composition.
If there were we would be able to put all the information
into a computer and would come out with a masterpiece.
We know that's impossible.
You have to compose by the seat of your pants.
- Arnold Newman

The message here was not about indeterminacy,
nor about immediacy, but about the control of sounds
right there in your environment,
and the process of composition as long-term growth
of interests within that sound complex.
- Tony Conrad

When I need the idea, I can find it immediately.
I have a horror of rewriting or deleting;
the parts of my composition are carried in my head
'till I can write them down,
even to the last note.
Then I do not alter a jot.
- Ruggero Leoncavallo

Modern Western thought will pass into history and be incorporated in it,
will have its influence and its place,
just as our body will pass into the composition of grass,
of sheep, of cutlets, and of men.
- Alexander Herzen

On what can we now place our hopes of solving the many
riddles which still exist as to the origin and composition
of cosmic rays? It must be emphasized here above all
that to attain really decisive progress greater funds must be made available.
- Victor Francis Hess

Everybody has a right to like or dislike anything or anyone.
From a flower to a flavor to a book or a composition
but it is very sad that in our country we actually
fight over such things in an unseemly manner.
- Ravi Shankar

When the bus or the plane rolled or flew through the night,
they sang songs of their own composition about Mr Nixon
and the Republicans in chorus with the Kennedy staff and felt that they,
too, were marching like soldiers of the Lord to the New Frontier.
- Theodore White

In the first quarter of the nineteenth century the
experimental proof for the interdependence of the composition
and properties of chemical compounds resulted in the
theory that they are mutually related,
so that like composition governs like properties,
and conversely.
- Wilhelm Ostwald

There are particular images that I like.
Allegro is composed of a series of still life photographs
that has been put to speed.
There is so much care that has gone into the composition of the cinematography.
- Helena Christensen

My training in music and composition then led me to
a kind of musical language process in which,
for example, the sound of the words I play with has
to expose their true meaning against their will so to speak.
- Elfriede Jelinek

Sometimes, you start with the drawing and then the
gag comes to you in the middle of it.
That is when you start working on the solution of the gag,
which is composition, placing, equilibrium,
and character design.
- Sergio Aragones

When you know the lyrics to a tune, you have some kind
of insight as to it's composition.
If you don't understand what it's about,
you're depriving yourself of being really able to communicate this poem.
- Dexter Gordon


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