Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Quotes

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Quotes: Sometimes I observe with curiosity that uninterrupted activity which, independent of the subject of any conversation I may be carrying on, continues its course in that department of my brain that is devoted to music.
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Quote: If that condition of mind and soul, which we call inspiration, lasted long without intermission, no artist could survive it. The strings would break and the instrument be shattered into fragments.
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Quotes about Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: What I have set down in a moment of ardour I must then critically examine. Sometimes I must do myself violence before I can mercilessly erase things thought out with love.
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Quote about Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: There is no doubt that even the greatest musical geniuses have sometimes worked without inspiration. This guest (inspiration) does not always respond to the first invitation. We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Sayings: How can one express the indefinable sensations that one experiences while writing an instrumental composition that has no definite subject? It is a purely lyrical process. It is a musical confession of the soul, which unburdens itself through sounds just as a lyric poet expresses himself through poetry...As the poet Heine said, 'Where words leave off, music begins.'
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Saying: What I need is to believe in myself again
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Sayings about Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Music possesses much richer means of expression and it is a more subtle medium for translating the 1000 shifting moments of the feelings of the soul.
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Saying about Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: ... You see, my dear friend, I am made up of contradictions, and I have reached a very mature age without resting upon anything positive, without having calmed my restless spirit either by religion or philosophy. Undoubtedly I should have gone mad but for music. Music is indeed the most beautiful of all Heaven's gifts to humanity wandering in the darkness. Alone it calms, enlightens, and stills our souls. It is not the straw to which the drowning man clings; but a true friend, refuge, and comforter, for whose sake life is worth living
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Quotes: A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.
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