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Admittedly, it is really our duty, as artists, to hold up a mirror to our own era; but, on the other hand, these works have lives of their own, and they're still alive today.
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All music has to speak in some form or other.
Quotation of Dietrich Fischerdieskau
And what unity is to be had, at a time when orchestras are dying out, and when opera houses are about to close their doors; what's going to come next - when nothing new in music, for the orchestra, is truly lasting: pieces are performed once, and then they're thrown away.
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Anyone who draws attention to himself as an individual, is viewed with suspicion. We acquired this tendency, of course, from America, and we must resist it: levelling, and imitation of what others are already doing.
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Brahms believed that there was no need to publish absolutely everything that Schubert ever wrote.
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But Brahms himself was extremely self-critical; he was always pruning and polishing his works.
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But the thing that will always occupy me the most is music.
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But, on the other hand, if Schubert were alive today, he would find even richer fields to plow.
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I am not of the opinion, that works of art must be unconditionally linked to what was happening at the time they were created.
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I came together with younger musicians and tried to pass on my own experiences. In the process, I always tried to maintain my curiosity and spontaneity.
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I have always regarded myself as a person who had to accomplish what was required.
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If you only do little clusters - three or four songs by one, and another, and then yet another - you lose the opportunity to think your way into the composer's mind, since, after all, most of these pieces are quite brief.
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In fact, the element of play has an important role in my life, and I think that should be the case in the life of every artist. Our life is occupied with playing, whether we play an instrument or a role.
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In music, you have to speak about a form-form, of adopted formal elements that are applied in order to express certain specific things. Because painting with music, that's something completely different.
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In Romanticism, the main determinant is the mood, the atmosphere. And in that regard, you could also describe Schubert as a Romantic.
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It is desirable that people make music on the breath, with the breath.
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It's not all that different with the orchestra. There are orchestras that seem to be encased in dough, so that first you have to break through the normal routine, and clear out the openings.
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Many, many composers have only found their way to a certain form, through familiarizing themselves with texts.
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One has to get through a big pile of mail every day. I don't pass my letters on to a secretary; rather, I try to take care of all of them myself.
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Particularly at around the age of 70 you reach a stage where you have to be very careful. If, at that point, you abandon the work you have been doing, there is a good chance that you will just collapse and drift.
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Rather, I believe that it is very good, if, with the aid of his songs, we can be reminded, among other things, of the social conditions under which Schubert had to work.
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The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text, perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe; it can even be the poem's overall form.
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The future? Like unwritten books and unborn children, you don't talk about it.
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The interpeter has to practice by himself, discovering the possibilities of his own voice, but this experience really remains his alone.
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The reason why Schubert is celebrated so much today, lies rather in the fact that there has been nobody else like him - not before him, not after him.
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The work is the most important thing.
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The young Wolf was one of those people who would recite a poem to themselves a hundred times, until they had found the music that goes with it.
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Toward the end of his life, one can sense that he was no longer thinking his way into the minds of others, causing them to speak on his behalf, but that he was now speaking for himself.
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Unfortunately, it happens all too seldom that you really disappear behind a work, that you are no longer audible as an interpreter.
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What concerns me, is the general social tendency to enforce a level, above which nothing rises and stands out.
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When you go out onto the stage, all the preparation has to be forced into your subconscious. For the moment of the performance, we all have to return to a new level of unconsciousness. All the reflection and all the doubts have to be laid aside before you start.
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Which is why, in my lieder concerts, I always strove, when possible, to sing only the works of a single composer, so that the audience could be gradually drawn into a particular creative genius' way of thinking, and could follow him.
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With creative people, truly new horizons open up.
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Within each individual young person you meet, you have the same fields to plow. The trick is just to wake thmem up, to sharpen their ears for what's already there in the music.
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You can't do opera when already from the 10th row you can only see little dolls on the stage. In such an enormous space you can't put much faith in the personal presence of the individual singer, which is reflected in facial expressions, among other things.
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