Any creator owes a debt to past creation.
To understand Mozart's contradictory qualities would indeed be to understand genius.
I still do not know where the notes will come from when I accept a commission for a new work.
Yes, influences are enriching, and they can be found in every work of art, even the most original.
If one uses music that one does not really love, then one will not succeed in making it one's own.
In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration began to replace the word idea in the arts.
Great music does not just make me feel good. It means something. It makes us understand. It makes us happy.
Most people think an artist tries to be original, but originality is the last thing that develops in the artist.