A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
When I first wrote for orchestra, I didn't realize, when you have 20 people playing a violin line, that is very different than one person playing that line.
You can't play a symphony alone, it takes an orchestra to play it.
With an orchestra you are building citizens, better citizens for the community.
I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
To me, the piano in itself is an orchestra.
If I do not practice one day; I know it. If I do not practice the next, the orchestra knows it; if I do not practice the third day, the whole world knows it.
Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra, not choreography to the audience.
Every orchestra I know, every opera house I know, is desperately looking around trying to find new talent, new composing talent, supporting young composers, supporting new ideas, supporting new ways of getting the message across.
Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.
Sometimes there is a 36-piece orchestra going off in my stomach.
Someone came too sooner.
After two minutes after this time, and I am already there.
The first nine albums there was never a Synthesiser, never any Orchestra. There was never any other player except us on the albums.
Eventually we want to do a puppet musical with turntables in the orchestra pit.
I need one more bass less.
Accelerando means in tempo. Don't rush.
It's difficult to remember when you haven't played it before.
Please follow me because I have to follow him and he isn't here.
Without him here, it is impossible to know how fast he will play it, approximately.
With us tonight is William Warfield, who is with us tonight. He is a wonderful man, and so is his wife.
That's the way Stravinsky was. Bup, bup, bup, bup. The poor guy's dead now. Play it legato.
Serkin was so sick he almost died for three days.
Let me explain what I do here. I don't want to confuse you any more than absolutely necessary.
When I want 30 musicians in the orchestra, I get 30.
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