Lukas Foss Quotes on art

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... view

By: Lukas Foss

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... view

By: Lukas Foss

To me, Mozart is our Shakespeare, the one who wrote the most dramatic, psychologically most baffling music. He combined ideas that no one else would have thought of putting together... view

By: Lukas Foss

To understand Mozart's contradictory qualities would indeed be to understand genius... view

By: Lukas Foss

Yes, influences are enriching, and they can be found in every work of art, even the most original... view

By: Lukas Foss

As I sit down and start to work, I often panic. I stare at the empty piece of music paper. How can I say that my piece will be ready for performance next January when I do not have a recipe for making it happen?.. view

By: Lukas Foss

Mozart wrote so many works in his thirty-five years that it would take a lifetime just to write out the notes. We literally do not know how he did it... view

By: Lukas Foss

Why do we pigeonhole and label an artist? It is a sure way of missing the important, the contradictory, the things that make him or her unique... view

By: Lukas Foss

Most people think an artist tries to be original, but originality is the last thing that develops in the artist... view

By: Lukas Foss

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... view

By: Lukas Foss

It is the element I miss in electronic music - no performance, no loving immersion. Maybe that is why I was never particularly drawn to electronic music... view

By: Lukas Foss

It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions. The same applies to the arts... view

By: Lukas Foss

I strongly suggest that we play down basics like who influenced whom, and instead study the way the influence is transformed, in other words: how the artist made it his own... view

By: Lukas Foss

I don't dare postulate about science, but I know that it takes both emotion and intellect in order for art to happen... view

By: Lukas Foss

Anybody can put things together that belong together. to put things together that don't go together, and make it work, that takes genius like Mozart's. Yet he is presented in the play Amadeus as a kind of silly boy whom the gods loved... view

By: Lukas Foss

In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration began to replace the word idea in the arts... view

By: Lukas Foss