A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.
The magazine cover for Prog 41. Frank Zappa remembered by family and friends, 20 years after his death.
When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses, then it has missed its point.
To live is to suffer, and whoever tells children this is not so is dishonest—cruel… If you live, you struggle. It is the same for all of us. What is different are the weapons you have and the weapons that are used against you. That is the combination of personality and circumstance. That is fate.
Music is a means capable of expressing dark dramatism and pure rapture, suffering and ecstasy, fiery and cold fury, melancholy and wild merriment – and the subtlest nuances and interplay of these feelings which words are powerless to express and which are unattainable in painting and sculpture.