9. The important thing is never to play a piece because 'that is the way it goes'.
There is no way it goes until you play it. If you can read, then you can recite
Shakespeare. But that's not acting. Knowing how to play the violin is not playing music.
The Beethoven violin concerto is just a bunch of arpeggios and scales. No mystery there.
But if you put your mind in a different groove and tell the story of the music as it
reveals itself to you, then you've really got something going on."
8. I handle the notes no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes, aha, that is where the art resides!
7. If anyone has conducted a Beethoven performance, and then doesn't have to go
to an osteopath, it means there's something wrong.
6. I don't believe in the cliche that art has to reflect its times - that since we're living in a horrible age, our music has to rub your face' in it. . . . We live in a sarcastic age. A lot of intellectuals are uncomfortable with genuineness.
5. Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dreams, which banish all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.
4. It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites - opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is no polarity - where energies flow smoothly in one direction - there will be much doing but no music.
3. The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose . . . and a test of the quality of a nation's civilization.
(John F. Kennedy)
2. Don't stand up and be perfect. Perfect is very boring. Show me a few flaws; I'll accept them, but give me a couple of goosebumps as I go along and I'll take anything else you want to offer me.
1. Every musical phrase has a purpose. It's like talking. If you talk with a particular purpose, people listen to you, but if you just recite, it's not as meaningful.
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