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The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways. - Ansel Adams


Let us not forget that the greatest composers were also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere. - Pablo Casals


The musical emotion springs precisely from the fact that at each moment the composer withholds or adds more or less than the listener anticipates on the basis of a pattern that he thinks he can guess, but that he is incapable of wholly divining. If the composer withholds more than we anticipate, we experience a delicious falling sensation; we feel we have been torn from a stable point on the musical ladder and thrust into the void. When the composer withholds less, the opposite occurs: he forces us to perform gymnastic exercises more skillful than our own. - Claude Levi-Strauss