Top 7 Toru Takemitsu Quotes

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“Although I am basically self taught, I consider Debussy my teacher – the most important elements are colour, light and shadow.”

― Toru Takemitsu

“I probably belong to a type of composer of songs who keeps thinking about melody… I am old fashioned.”

― Toru Takemitsu

“Music should be able to invoke the natural emotions in all human beings. Music is not notes fixed on apiece of paper.”

― Toru Takemitsu

“The art music of the West has developed through out its history by means of individual geniuses, and out of the soil supporting them; non-Western musicians were born, and grew like the grasses of the field.”

― Toru Takemitsu

“Music is a form of prayer.”

― Toru Takemitsu

“Composition gives proper meaning to the natural streams of sound that penetrate the world.”

― Toru Takemitsu

“I always want to write erotic music… Not only about the love between men and women, but in a much more universal sense – about the sensuality of the mechanism of the universe… about life.”

― Toru Takemitsu
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