A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
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.
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.
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.
I need one more bass less.
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.
Something went wrong. It was correct when I studied it.
That's the way it was every time I studied it.
There was confusion since I stood here 35 years ago.
It has no rhythm, but it will because it's so much faster.
I don't get into politics, general or musical, but just call me if you get jury duty. Even in New Jersey I was able to help somebody.
He was listening so I don't remember.
Don't think you are looking at me because you are not.
We have to play it longer because there are no numbers or letters.
I've been a woman for a little over 50 years and have gotten over my initial astonishment. As for conducting an orchestra, that's a job where I don't think sex plays much part.
Don't ever follow me, because I am difficult.
We do not know when he is coming. He is coming tomorrow.
I can see none of you are smugglers; that's why it's so loud.
It's so legato it's difficult to splice. Sibelius was famous for that.
Watch me closely - only one can spoil it.
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