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As soon as you go into the live theatre, we're already in another world. Something has to be there to perform to us.
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Beethoven lived completely in this world of imagination, and you pay a price. The body takes over.
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Beethoven suppressed everything, his personal life disappeared until he was locked inside. That is a figure quite extreme.
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Characters are an extreme form in Shakespeare's theater.
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Churches and temples were also theatres.
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Conductors don't suffer, they are part of the performance.
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Every performer may be standing with his back to the audience. He knows them collectively though his back. His technique can help the singers.
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Greek theatre went on for a very long time. For me it's the original. I don't go further back than the Greek theatre.
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I am quite certain in my heart of hearts that modern music and modern art is not a conspiracy, but is a form of truth and integrity for those who practise it honestly, decently and with all their being.
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I am still doing so much, I am always looking forward to the future, to what I can do next.
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I had a small choir which I used to conduct to find out what I wanted in sound.
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I had a wonderful time in the Republic when I was younger, travelling round the island.
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I leave something pending-the song, if you like - that would depend always on performance.
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I lived for a very long time. I'm not contemporary with anything.
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I remain a humanist. We are a very curious race.
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I think we're all pretty odd.
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I think you could become a whole human being. Communities do what they have always done.
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I was born in England. I lived for over 30 years in Canada. I moved to Italy.
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I was publicly obscure in those early days, but in no way was it unfulfilling.
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I was still a student in my 20s.
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I'm outside the music I've made. I have no interest in it.
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I've seldom become nostalgic or settled.
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In German philosophy, music was on the top and sculpture on the bottom.
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It's vital to me to keep that chaos. We don't know what this universe is.
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Jung didn't get much out of music. He was a practicing psychologist, an absolutely seminal figure. He then went over into the world of art because he recognized something there.
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Jung had to have some sort of different world. He used to row down the lake, and he built his tower brick by brick. He was a doctor, a remarkable one.
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Jung puts it well: If you live in the world of ideas and imagination as though there was no body, your body will react medically.
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Jung wanted to know if it was possible to get any nearer to the period of the Renaissance when people were apparently entire.
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Music is a performance and needs the audience.
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Music is a performing art, as any Native American will tell you. It isn't there in the score.
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Music remains the most strange of the materials because we don't understand what happens when music moves you.
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My body got upset from time to time. A thing that is going to be sung or performed has that tension. You sing, and the body gets tired of being the endless servant.
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My other music is not so rich. It is spare.
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My true function within a society which embraces all of us is to continue an age-old tradition. This tradition is to create images from the depths of the imagination and to give them form, whether visual, intellectual or musical.
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Nature has different times.
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Poetry is fascinating. As soon as it begins the poetry has changed the thing into something extra, and somehow prose can go over into poetry.
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Possession exists. Jung was very helpful on this point.
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Public notice does not necessarily accord with internal fulfilment.
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Shakespeare fascinated me. He hardly ever left the country. His imagination was worldwide though reading.
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Shiva danced the world into existence... that's a very nice thought.
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So much has gone into the music that came from all sorts of forces.
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Song Lines began with a fascination with anthropology.
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The art world is dipping into that metaphorical world, but it's material.
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The blues are like the fugue in 18th century. It's probably the music that belongs most to our time.
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The Greek sculptor - I don't think he was very different from any of us.
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The Greek theatre was still part of a city-state with its own temple and theatre. But once they began to take the temple at Athens as the center, things changed.
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The Greeks for a long time only two characters on stage at one time. You went in the daytime and sat on stone seats. It was a strange society.
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The Greeks were not so alone. They reached into the Middle East and their theatre went on for about 1,000 years, changing.
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The nearest figure to myself would be Shakespeare.
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The theatre is the thing I belong to, going back a long, long way. Opera would be one particular form, also symphonies.
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This is something special. You can attempt to have a kind of non-living music.
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Various composers feel they can put it onto a perfect disc or something. I have no feeling like that at all.
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We all want to enter this strange world. I think I understand it up to a point.
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We get periods in history in which the problems seem to be both in the material and the non-material worlds. Nobody can find things.
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When we use terms we get confused, yet we have no other way.
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Yeats spoke of artifacts. He felt artifact was something he made from time to time.
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