I have the feeling there’s some new type of music hovering on the horizon, which I can glimpse very fleetingly now and then, and which does seem like a change of consciousness.  – Jonathan Harvey

Caress the detail, the divine detail. – Vladimir Nabokov

According to me, an intellectual is anyone who is creatively producing new knowledge. A peasant who understands that a new kind of graft can produce a new species of apples has at that moment produced an intellectual activity. Whereas the professor of philosophy who all his life repeats the same lecture on Heidegger doesn’t amount to an intellectual. Critical creativity—criticizing what we are doing or inventing better ways of doing it—is the only mark of the intellectual function.  – Umberto Eco

There is a great Man living in this country — a composer. He has solved the problem of how to preserve one’s self and to learn. He responds to negligence by contempt. He is not forced to accept praise or blame. His name is Ives.  – Arnold Schoenberg(!!)

Some people go bungee-jumping or climb a mountain to have an existential experience – an adventure. People should have this same experience in the concert hall.  – Helmut Lachenmann

The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one’s obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.  – John Updike

It’s good, as the stoics told us, to have tools that are simple to understand and of a very limited number.  – David Mamet, from “On Directing Film”

Try to take the text as an opportunity to be free, not the contrary.  – Pierre Boulez, speaking about conducting his own music

Values are and should be the ultimate test.  – Peter Drucker, from “Managing Oneself”

Find and do the repertoire that you love, and that will distinguish you.  – Marin Alsop

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. – Bill Cosby


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