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.
Any great work of art revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.
Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
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.
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.
I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
Any great art work revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.
Music, of all the arts, stands in a special region, unlit by any star but its own, and utterly without meaning ... except its own.
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.
Einstein said that the most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. So why do so many of us try to explain the beauty of music, thus depriving it of its mystery?
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.
The trouble with you and me, Ned, is that we want everyone in the world to personally love us, and of course that's impossible; you just don't meet everyone in the world.
This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
Music making begins in the mind, not in the stick