„The most sensitive musical instrument is the human soul. The next is the human voice. One must purify the soul until it begins to sound. A composer is a musical instrument and at the same time, a performer on that instrument. The instrument has to be in order to produce sound. One must start with that, not with the music. Through the music the composer can check whether his instrument is tuned and to what key it is tuned.“

—  Arvo Pärt

Read from his musical diaries while speaking at St. Vladimir’s Seminary https://vimeo.com/221011528/

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estnischer Komponist 1935

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„You see, it is not enough to be a great composer. To write music like that you must be a chosen instrument of God.“

—  Dinu Lipatti Pianist, Composer 1917 - 1950

Listening Beethoven's F minor Quartet; Quoted by Walter Legge, in Walter Legge: Words and Music (1998) edited by Alan Sanders

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„If it is true that the violin is the most perfect of musical instruments, then Greek is the violin of human thought.“

—  Helen Keller, buch The Story of My Life

Part II: Letters (1887 - 1901) TO MRS. LAURENCE HUTTON Wrentham, February 20, 1898.
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„It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.“

—  Johann Sebastian Bach German late baroque era composer 1685 - 1750

Variante: There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.

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„Instrumentation is to music precisely what color is to painting.“

—  Hector Berlioz French Romantic composer 1803 - 1869

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A travers chants (1862), ch. 1 http://www.hberlioz.com/Writings/ATC01.htm; Elizabeth Csicsery-Rónay (trans.) The Art of Music and Other Essays (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994) p. 5.

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„As a teenager I had already arranged pieces for the school band in exchange for music lessons. I also played cello, clarinet, and some other instruments regularly. Thanks to that experience, as an arranger I was able to understand the specific sound and tuning of an instrument and to work intuitively.“

—  Clare Fischer American keyboardist, composer, arranger, and bandleader 1928 - 2012

As quoted in "Clare Fischer: The Best Kept Secret in Jazz" http://www.artistinterviews.eu/?page_id=5&parent_id=22/ by Maarten De Haan, in Artist Interview (1998)

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„The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body.“

—  Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977

The Diary Of Anais Nin, Volume Two (1934-1939)
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Kontext: The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body. Always an orchestra, and just as music traverses walls, so sensuality traverses the body and reaches up to ecstasy.

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