Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
Technique is communication: the two words are synonymous in conductors.
To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
In the olden days, everybody sang. You were expected to sing as well as talk. It was a mark of the cultured man to sing.
A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.
Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long.
It was an initiation into the love of learning, of learning how to learn, that was revealed to me by my BLS masters as a matter of interdisciplinary cognition-that is, learning to know something by its relation to something else.
The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another... and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.