Most people think an artist tries to be original, but originality is the last thing that develops in the artist.
That is why the analogy of stealing does not work. With a thief, we want to know how much money he stole, and from whom. With the artist it is not how much he took and from whom, but what he did with it.
When I went back to visit my native Berlin after World War II, I noticed that the only thing I really remembered from my childhood Berlin days is the shoe store.
Truth implies meaning.
Truth is a big concept.
I don't dare postulate about science, but I know that it takes both emotion and intellect in order for art to happen.
Personality is essential. It is in every work of art. When someone walks on stage for a performance and has charisma, everyone is convinced that he has personality. I find that charisma is merely a form of showmanship. Movie stars usually have it. A politician has to have it.
Yes, influences are enriching, and they can be found in every work of art, even the most original.
In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration began to replace the word idea in the arts.
It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions. The same applies to the arts.
Most artists have experienced the creative block. We get stuck in our work. We beat our head against the wall: nothing. Sometimes, it is because we are trying something at the wrong time.
Since age seven, I've been composing and have never stopped composing, yet, the creative process is as elusive to me as it has ever been.
If one uses music that one does not really love, then one will not succeed in making it one's own.
My students frequently ask what their next project should be. My advice: immerse yourself in the music you love and you will find what you want to do; you will discover your next project.
There is another interesting paradox here: by immersing ourselves in what we love, we find ourselves. We do not lose ourselves. One does not lose one's identity by falling in love.