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Riccardo Muti Quotes

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The conductor's stand is not a continent of power,
but rather an island of solitude.
- Riccardo Muti

A conductor should guide rather than command.
- Riccardo Muti

You have to be able to enthral and persuade at the same time.
- Riccardo Muti

I don't want to bother them and ruin the party they
are preparing so carefully at La Scala.
- Riccardo Muti


 

Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation,
wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.
- Riccardo Muti

I'm not shy in the spotlight.
I might seem austere and even arrogant,
but far from it, I'm actually shy.
- Riccardo Muti

You have to channel the interpretation and performance into 100 people.
And with the audience, the critics.
- Riccardo Muti


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I have closed that page of my life without rancor.
I do not disown any of the work done.
- Riccardo Muti

It is extraordinary to have time to again study Le
nozze di Figaro and discover new things.
- Riccardo Muti

The awful thing about a conductor becoming geriatric
is that you seem to become more desirable,
not less.
- Neville Marriner

Only when every one of us and every nation learns the
secret of love for all mankind will the world become a great orchestra,
following the beat of the Greatest Conductor of all.
- Artur Rodzinski

The conductor's gift does not always go hand in hand
with that of composition;
indeed,
the union is found much more seldom than is popularly believed.
- Anton Seidl

I find little in the works of Beethoven,
Berlioz, Wagner and others when they are led by a conductor
who functions like a windmill.
- Franz Liszt

Show me an orchestra that likes its conductor and I'll
show you a lousy conductor.
- Goddard Lieberson

When I first was conducting as guest conductor in Europe 25 years ago,
I would propose doing American pieces and grudgingly
it would be accepted from time to time.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

Musical practice is too young an art in America to
warrant a search for men with a conductor's gift.
- Anton Seidl

Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music.
'Classic' music eliminates the conductor;
we do not remember him in it.
- Igor Stravinsky

The conductor must breathe life into the score.
It is you and you alone who must expose it to the understanding,
reveal the hidden jewel to the sun at the most flattering angles.
- Charles Munch

I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years,
and I can say what most conductors can't say;
I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.
- Harriet Tubman

And at the same time, I had my very first concert at the age of 16.
I hadn't heard a symphony orchestra before,
and I was so deeply impressed I said I have to be a conductor.
- Kurt Masur

I don't feel that the conductor has real power.
The orchestra has the power, and every member of it
knows instantaneously if you're just beating time.
- Itzhak Perlman

I always imagined that to bring an orchestra to play
together is not enough for a conductor.
- Kurt Masur

I like to create the music I hear in my interior.
As a conductor, you have the ability to squeeze the
sounds and interpretation you asked for from 50 to 80 people.
- Eberhard Weber

The conductor has the advantage of not seeing the audience.
- Andre Kostelanetz

And if you are strong enough, then you can grow as
a conductor more and more.
- Kurt Masur

The director is a bit analogous to the conductor of a symphony orchestra.
It's a collaborative adventure.
- Nicholas Meyer

All the conductor has to do is stand back and try not to get in the way.
Mozart is doing all the work.
- Colin R. Davis

The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself
in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible.
We are pilots, not servants.
- Franz Liszt

Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally,
it is being someone who is a coach, a trainer,
an editor, a director.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

Great cataclysmic things can go by and neither the
orchestra nor the conductor are under the delusion
that whether they make this or that gesture is going
to be the deciding factor in how it comes out.
- James Levine

Because I have sixty years of being a professional composer,
conductor, musician, whatever, and you develop a lot
of friendships and you get involved with a lot of sort
of long-term commitments and obligations.
- Gunther Schuller

Is it not the business of the conductor to convey to
the public in its dramatic form the central idea of a composition;
and how can he convey that idea successfully if he
does not enter heart and soul into the life of the
music and the tale it unfolds?
- John Philip Sousa

So, first you have to be able to play with a metronome.
Then you take your freedom.
If you play in an orchestra, you got to watch the conductor,
he is like a metronome, but it is more difficult because he can change rhythms.
- Ruggiero Ricci

You know as I started as a shy young conductor,
I always wanted to cooperate.
To build up the musicians.
To help them to be better than without a conductor.
And sometimes young talented musicians have to be encouraged.
- Kurt Masur

The very first time I was on a car in Atlanta,
I saw the conductor - all conductors are white -
ask a Negro woman to get up and take a seat farther
back in order to make a place for a white man.
I have also seen white men requested to leave the Negro section of the car.
- Ray Stannard Baker

I conceived of an instrument that would create sound
without using any mechanical energy,
like the conductor of an orchestra.
The orchestra plays mechanically, using mechanical energy;
the conductor just moves his hands,
and his movements have an effect on the music artistry.
- Leon Theremin

In South America, I heard the 8th Symphony of Beethoven.
And the young conductor thought, Beethoven must be heroic.
But this is piece which shouldn't be heroic.
And this was such a misunderstanding,
such a deep misunderstanding.
- Kurt Masur

To fall in love is awfully simple,
but to fall out of love is simply awful.
- Bess Myerson

We all have dreams.
But in order to make dreams come into reality,
it takes an awful lot of determination,
dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
- Jesse Owens

States are like people.
They do not question the awful status quo until some
dramatic event overturns the conventional and lax way of thinking.
- Victor Davis Hanson

What makes these creatures so awful is the feeling
that they can use us in ways too horrible to imagine-and yet,
we DO imagine them, which makes it worse than seeing it.
- Sigourney Weaver

I'm a better editorial cartoonist by default because
so many editorial cartoonists out there are so awful.
- Ted Rall

Therefore, until the day I die, I am going to do what I can,
regardless of the cost to me, to try to stop this awful
corruption that is destroying our beloved democracy.
- John Jay Hooker

An excellent job with a dubious undertaking,
which is like saying it would be great if it wasn't awful.
- Ada Louise Huxtable

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It's not.
- Dr. Seuss

You can get awful famous in this country in seven days.
- Gary Hart

Apart from earning an awful lot of money,
why would you go to Hollywood?
- Matthew MacFadyen

It's like that scene from The Player when they talk
about merging Star Wars and Kramer vs.
Kramer, or whatever.
You could do that with music and it would just be awful.
- Jonny Greenwood

When a woman is very, very bad, she is awful,
but when a man is correspondingly good,
he is weird.
- Minna Antrim

Four years in the White House and two presidential
campaigns is an awful long time.
In politics, every year in the White House is like dog years,
six years off your life.
- George Stephanopoulos

If you want to know about a man you can find out an
awful lot by looking at who he married.
- Kirk Douglas

It's awful to have to, but I've started thinking about that,
you know.
86.
I'm thinking, well, maybe I might make it to 90.
At least I'd like to have my brains.
- Marian McPartland

I remember hitting Sarah Michelle Gellar with a right
hook during my first week on the job.
It was awful.
They usually pair actors with stunt doubles to avoid things like that.
- Eliza Dushku

Some movie I was in, I forget which one,
some awful little movie, a reviewer said,
What is Jessica Walter doing in this movie? And I said,
Hello? Trying to make a living?
- Jessica Walter

People have an awful lot of problems that society has
put on them and a lot to work through because of it.
- Dana Plato

There's an awful lot of terrible television which I could do,
but I mostly stick to Have I Got News for You.
- Ian Hislop

There are very few solid family films.
A lot of the writing is awful.
- Chevy Chase

But I did an awful lot of work in Hollywood,
and in New York for that matter.
- Patrick Macnee

Like everybody at that age, I read an awful lot of pulp fiction.
But at the same time, I also read quite a bit of history
and read that as much for pleasure as part of a curriculum.
- John Hume

There's an awful lot of resources that can be drawn
upon in an improvised music concert.
- Fred Frith

I think it's an awful drink, to be honest with you.
- Charlie Watts

I was in an awful lot of trouble in Hollywood.
- Eddie Bracken

Flying is awful, there's nothing to do when you're up in the air.
I bloat up, my skin gets dry, and when we hit turbulence,
I'm terrified.
- Daniela Pestova

Altamont...
I remember all of that.
That was an awful day.
- Mick Taylor

I respect the game that goes on of putting this against that,
but I don't respect, nor do I enjoy,
an awful lot of the actual programs that go on the air.
- Roone Arledge

People are surprised to find out that an awful lot
of people think that they're idiots.
- Eric Schmidt

I was dyslexic before anybody knew what dyslexia was.
I was called 'slow'.
It's an awful feeling to think of yourself as 'slow' -
it's horrible.
- Robert Benton

I don't read magazines much, and I have an awful time with books.
- Payne Stewart

They came and bound me up and I had awful stretch marks.
I hated my breasts after that.
- Christine Keeler

An awful lot of thriller writers write women rather badly.
So just doing it OK gets a lot of credit.
- Ken Follett

We used to drink an awful lot of alcohol.
- Bill Bruford


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