To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
People compose for many reasons: to become immortal; because the pianoforte happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; for no reason whatsoever.
Talent works, genius creates.
In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.
For me, music is always the language which permits one to converse with the Beyond