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Shostakovich Quotes



Quotes by Shostakovich - (12 quotes)

Dmitri Shostakovich - From the Desperation category:

When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something. (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Dmitri Shostakovich - From the Dissatisfaction category:

A creative artist works on his next composition because he is not satisfied with his previous one. When he loses a critical attitude toward his own work, he ceases to be an artist. (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Dmitri Shostakovich - From the Expression category:

- The Power of Music, 1964)...
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. (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Dmitri Shostakovich - From the Genius category:

The real geniuses know where their writing has to be good and where they can get away with some mediocrity. (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Dmitri Shostakovich - From the Humour category:

What can be considered human emotions? Surely not only lyricism, sadness, tragedy? Doesn't laughter also have a claim to that lofty title? I want to fight for the legitimate right of laughter in 'serious' music. (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Dmitri Shostakovich - From the Idealism category:

There can be no music without ideology. (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Dmitri Shostakovich - From the Ideas category:

What you have in your head, put down on paper. The head is a fragile vessel. (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Dmitri Shostakovich - From the Importance category:

After all, my music says it all. It doesn't need historical and hysterical commentaries. In the long run, any words about music are less important than the music. (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Dmitri Shostakovich - From the Music category:

There is still good music to be written in C major. (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Dmitri Shostakovich - From the Performance category:

A great piece of music is beautiful regardless of how it is performed... music should be written, so that no-one, no matter how philistine, can ruin it. (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Dmitri Shostakovich - From the Perseverance category:

If they cut off both hands, I will compose music anyway holding the pen in my teeth. (Dmitri Shostakovich)

Dmitri Shostakovich - From the Understanding category:

I always try to make myself as widely understood as possible, and if I don't succeed I consider it's my own fault. (Dmitri Shostakovich)