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There are three reasons why I live in Scotland. First, I like silence, and you have to be a millionaire to buy silence in Italy. Second, I like cold weather. Third, in Italy I have too many relatives and know too many people, so I never get a quiet time. ---->>>

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding. ---->>>

Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do.

Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do.

A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance. ---->>>

Melody is a form of remembrance. It must have a quality of inevitability in our ears. ---->>>

Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels it so intently he must sing it out. ---->>>

At the premieres, I always watch the audience. If a child asks to go to the bathroom, I know I've failed. ---->>>

My advice to composers is, 'Try to reach 90, and everyone will love you.' ---->>>

For better or for worse, in 'The Last Savage,' I have dared to do away completely with fashionable dissonance, and in a modest way, I have endeavored to rediscover the nobility of gracefulness and the pleasure of sweetness. ---->>>

I rebelled against the idea of the artist being what I call the 'after-dinner mint' of society. I didn't want them to be just the entertainers, but rather part of the community - the bread, not only the dessert. ---->>>

Waiting and hoping are the whole of life, and as soon as a dream is realized it is destroyed. ---->>>

A Schubert song, the A-major chord at the opening of Wagner's 'Lohengrin' - such incredible beauty is a mystery, the divinity of music. ---->>>

Fate has blessed me. ---->>>

God gives you the gift of melody or He doesn't - it's as simple as that. ---->>>

I can sit on a chair with a score and give myself a wonderful performance. ---->>>

I guess I am running the risk of becoming the Hans Christian Andersen of opera. ---->>>

I have a heart problem, so I have to simplify my life and be content with memories and friends and music. ---->>>

I have always felt that art, especially music, is but a demonstration of God. ---->>>

I loathe my body. The liver spots, the sagging flesh. ---->>>

I should have worked harder in my life. I suffer from a guilt complex. ---->>>

I thought conceptual art was a joke. ---->>>

I'm not very sympathetic to the tendency to bring art to the people. ---->>>

It takes a Bobby White to make a tired 90-year-old composer write a song about love. ---->>>

Now, all of a sudden, every college and every university has an opera theater. Every little city has its little group. ---->>>

One lived in the impression that nobody could ever compete with the 'Nutcracker' or 'A Christmas Carol.' ---->>>

People ask me whether I'm religious. Well, in a certain way, I am. ---->>>

Writing beautiful melodies is not fashionable because it is very difficult to do. ---->>>

As a little boy of 3 or 4, I became lame. Something was wrong with my right leg. There are pictures of me being pulled around in a little wagon. The doctors didn't know what to do. So my nanny took me to the miraculous Madonna at Sacro Monte in Varese, the priest blessed me, and I walked. ---->>>

I have the feeling that everybody was waiting for me to die so they could rediscover me. Then they found out I'm not dead yet, so they are rediscovering me while I'm still alive. ---->>>

I really don't think I have that much of the gift; I have a little bit, but I wish I were Schubert or Chopin or Beethoven, though Beethoven had a very difficult time writing melody, too. ---->>>

It was my contention that opera can not only pay for itself if it is well given, but it can also command a much wider audience if given like a play with lots of rehearsals and wonderful singers that fit the role. ---->>>

It's always what you did before. The year before is always so much better. Even when the critics hated what you did then, it always looks better five years later. ---->>>

The creation of Spoleto was a social experiment. Because I've always suffered guilt from being a Catholic, when I was in my fifties I felt a need of being needed. ---->>>

The Greeks said the artist doesn't actually have to travel and look around. You stay where God has put you, and you dig as deep as you can. This is what I've done. ---->>>

The Italians are very unmusical. If I go to a Protestant church in London or Amsterdam or listen to a black choir, I hear four-part harmony. Italians could never do that. In Italy, we all have to sing the melody because we cannot harmonise. ---->>>

The only thing that interests me in music is to be able to reach into the, let's call it, 'collective unconscious' of what is noblest in the human spirit, the way you find in the music of Mozart and Beethoven and Verdi that wonderful quality that not a note can be changed. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Italian
Born: 07-07, 1911
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Die: 02-01, 2007
Occupation: Composer
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Gian Carlo Menotti (pronounced [dʒan ˈkarlo meˈnɔtːi]; July 7, 1911 – February 1, 2007) was an Italian-American composer and librettist. Although he often referred to himself as an American composer, he kept his Italian citizenship. He wrote the classic Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, along with over two dozen other operas intended to appeal to popular taste (wikipedia)