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Alfred Schnittke Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alfred Schnittke.

For a solo work I need a definite idea.
For the present I have none.
- Alfred Schnittke

For almost thirty years I repeatedly saw one and the same dream:
I would arrive in Vienna at long last.
I would feel really happy, for I was returning to my serene childhood.
- Alfred Schnittke

Do you know that my very first experience as a composer
was a 'Concerto for Accordion?'
- Alfred Schnittke

I am not facing the problem of emigration.
I want my music to be acknowledged here first of all,
in this country: after that, we shall see -
perhaps the question will than become urgent.
- Alfred Schnittke

 

I would wake up in Moscow or somewhere else,
my heart beating fast, feeling bitter and helpless.
- Alfred Schnittke

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning
the instrument as one goes on.
- Samuel Butler

Everything that Eddie has said about me is the total
opposite of what really happened.
Eddie says I wanted to be a solo artist.
No, Eddie wanted to be a solo artist.
- Sammy Hagar

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Solo concerts are murder, I find; I don't like doing them.
- Derek Bailey

You are a dear soul who plays polo, and I am a poor Pole who plays solo.
- Ignacy Jan Paderewski

Woo means the ability to entice someone or something to get what you want.
My first solo album was called: All the Woo of the Universe,
which was titled by George Clinton.
- Bernie Worrell

It was pretty frightening because as we all know,
when large, famous groups breakup, a lot of the members
don't survive in solo careers.
- Don Henley

Mick Jagger can't even make a successful solo album,
and the Stones are the biggest rock group that ever was.
- Don Henley

Even if it is difficult playing with other people -
sometimes it's great,
sometimes it isn't, but that is kind of the point of it.
It loses its point playing solo.
- Derek Bailey

The other saxophones, except as solo instruments,
really don't have much point in the orchestra.
- Gerry Mulligan

My primary lesson, however, was that I'm a solo writer,
happiest when I'm making all the executive decisions.
I've always been willing to rise or fall on my own merits.
- Sue Grafton

Just because you know umpteen billion scales,
it doesn't mean you have to use them all in a solo.
- Kirk Hammett

As a solo artist, I just felt cemented in front of the mike stand.
There was very little time to play with the audience and be a band member.
- Tommy Shaw

I have always wanted a solo career, deep in the darkest pit of myself,
but I didn't dare admit it to myself even.
It took me a long time to confront my fears.
- Geri Halliwell

If you put all the songs together that I've written on band records,
and put it up next to my solo record,
there's definitely a different kind of feel than Billy's songs.
- James Iha

I am more of a solo bass player and he needed somebody who would keep the role.
- Miroslav Vitous

As long as I know what key the solo is in,
I try to kind of empty my mind and not think about anything.
I just play without thinking.
- Ace Frehley

If I play anything that sounds like a solo,
it's gonna sound like a lyric.
- Adam Jones

In a certain sense, aspects of my solo playing were
developed in order to test the theory about how long
particular elements could be,
as parts of so-called free improvisations.
- Evan Parker

Chris Jericho is a great guy.
He's beyond hysterical.
He's good people.
They're really good.
Chris wanted me to throw down a solo.
He sent it to me and I knocked it out.
- Zakk Wylde

On those long notes behind the trumpet solo,
if anyone lets his mind wander for a minute he is dead.
- Don Ellis

I could see us doing solo material in the future.
- Nicole Appleton

All my songs were solo voices.
Just me singing.
In fact, that was the gimmick - no gimmick.
Just singing straight with not too much background.
- Bobby Vinton

On Ain't No Telling I came up with the bass solo.
- Noel Redding

I think playing solo is a second rate activity,
really.
For me, playing is about playing with other people.
- Derek Bailey

In college I had a weekend gig at a restaurant,
a solo thing that was the best practice I could have ever had.
That's where I learned to coordinate my singing and my piano playing.
- Norah Jones

It just felt like the right time to focus on solo material.
- Robin Gibb

Becoming a solo singer is like going from an eau de toilette to a perfume.
It's much more intense.
- Geri Halliwell

I thought I'd do everything on four-track,
and then I'll record every instrument myself in a studio,
and then I'll have a solo album released by spring.
- Kim Deal

You have to remember now, I was not being terribly
successful at going solo.
- John Sebastian

No, I do it all, but I do love to play solo.
- Bruce Hornsby

Wherever I went, crowds appeared again,
and I started making solo albums for the first time in my career.
- Howard Keel

Both Neil and I had done solo projects where we were
the boss and I just thought that if he was willing to get into it,
it would really be a good experience for him.
- Alex Lifeson

The good thing about flying solo is it's never boring.
- Steve Fossett

I'm the 1st black platinum artist in Detroit,
solo artist in Detroit.
- Obie Trice

I've performed solo for 20 years now,
but I don't do much of it, because if you only play alone,
you go crazy and out of tune and play foolish music.
- Steve Lacy

Not everybody likes or understands a drum solo,
so I like to bring in effects and sounds to keep their interest.
- John Bonham

I think all the bad blood started when Geffen released
a greatest hits package of my solo stuff.
- Sammy Hagar

I've never done a solo tour.
I feel like getting out there and doing that.
- Neil Schon

If a band is really good and the chemistry is unique,
it should continue.
But I guess David is just very happy doing his solo career.
He's got a different band every time he goes out.
- Chris Frantz

I'm not going to do any more solo touring.
- Bruce Dickinson

There is no earthly reason why a solo string instrument or voice,
having the possibility to play or sing pure intonation,
should want, or try, to be tempered.
- Lara St.
John

I like working solo and it was a lot of fun joking
around with the audience,
saying things.
I'm only just learning how to do certain things.
- Art Garfunkel

My first solo was in church when I was five.
- Suzy Bogguss

My most favourite gigs that ever happened were solo,
before The Monkees ever happened.
- Peter Tork

I like jazz, but I could never play it.
You just sit there with a guitar the size of a Chevy on your chest,
wearing a stupid hat, playing the same solo for an hour.
- Dave Mustaine

I've been solo since 1996, so I've been doing it for a while now.
- Sebastian Bach

I had to get out of my record deal that I signed with
my previous band and get a full solo record deal going so,
with all of the paperwork that, that entails it did take a while.
- Sebastian Bach

When I was 15, I made a solo record.
It made Artie very unhappy.
He looked upon it as something of a betrayal.
- Paul Simon

I cannot exist as a solo artist.
- Courtney Love

I discovered that it was a lonely world being a solo artist.
Then I started working with another solo artist,
Rod Stewart, and he used to tell me how lonely he was!
- Andy Taylor

My favorite puzzle is trying to work out the parts myself,
after all it is a solo effort.
- Adrian Belew

The band projects just took natural priority.
I didn't really have a solo career, just wanted to
share the music in another way and to learn more about writing,
recording, etcetera.
- Ken Hensley

Nobody told Don Henley or me that we were going to make it as solo artists,
but I can speak for Don when I say that we are both
really happy now that the band is not together.
- Glenn Frey

I think I'll continue to work as a solo artist.
- Alvin Lee

I'm taking one thing at a time.
With the children and launching my solo career it would
drive me to a nervous breakdown if I tried to organise
a wedding on top of that.
- Natasha Hamilton

Now my main goal is my solo career, so I want to keep doing that.
- Paul Taylor

Lauren Hill, I always have her solo CD nearby.
I have Coldplay, Radiohead, just a mix.
- Taryn Manning

You know, I'm the 1st black solo MC from Detroit.
I didn't do the 50 Cent sales but hey...
I got a long career, I'm still young and I'm trying
to bring really good music.
- Obie Trice

By the time I did that third solo album,
I'd finally learned how to do it, but I'd also learned
that I liked being in a band.
- Tommy Shaw

It's the group sound that's important,
even when you're playing a solo.
- Oscar Peterson

As far as my solo record, I don't want a gold record or anything,
I'm happy to be small and to have the people appreciate
the music who really like me for being me.
- John Frusciante

I only do solo albums when songs are screaming at me
to be let out of my mind.
- Graham Nash

In the absence of that, I am happy to play solo,
but I don't think there is any comparison.
- Derek Bailey

It's a huge responsibility being a solo act.
- Robbie Williams

I had a solo career before Van Halen.
My fan base filtered through Van Halen with me and
came right on out the other side with me.
- Sammy Hagar

Now that I'm coming out with my own record people can see I'm a solo artist.
- John Legend


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