If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
Even if people censure me, they should do so hat in hand.
I also had a brother who was like me a musician and a composer. A man of great talent, far more gifted than I. He died very young... he killed himself in the prime of his life.
The impressions of the spriritual experiences gave my future life its form and content.
The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause.
The real art of conducting consists in transitions.
I was a crazy young man who let himself be blinded by his passions and obeyed only the impulses of the moment.
In the theatrical works we love and admire the most, the ending of the drama generally takes place offstage.
The call of love sounds very hollow among these immobile rocks.
Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a carefully selected number of piccolos.
Discipline, work. Work, discipline.
To judge a composer's work, one must consider it as a whole.
The longer you live and the more you learn, the more clearly you will feel the difference between the few men who are truly great and the mere virtuosi.
In its beginnings, music was merely chamber music, meant to be listened to in a small space by a small audience.
The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.