Study Bach. There you will find everything.
Everything that is human is subject to human vanity.
If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon.
Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
I sometimes ponder on variation form and it seems to me it ought to be more restrained, purer.
It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.
We cling nervously to the melody, but we don't handle it freely, we don't really make anything new out of it, we merely overload it.
Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme, as their real subject. Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully.
Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration.