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At first this might cause difficulties, but when you hear a work for the second, third, or twentieth time, then they begin to get to know it, and if it's not got plenty of levels (depth) in it, then they're going to start getting bored.
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At the moment, in Britain we're facing such enormous cutbacks in education programs and music programs and art programs that you feel you are knocking your head against a brick wall.
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But when you get a bit older, and I hate to use the word, quite a bit more established, people take more notice and conducting becomes a great deal easier. You don't have battles like you had before.
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But you can't really know your audiences so well.
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I do think that a lot of composers underestimate the musicality of their audiences.
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I don't see how they can with most of my pieces, but I think it's unfortunate that they can through familiarity with flashy performances of a great deal of other music.
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I enjoy working with people, I always enjoy working with musicians, and I think I learn a great deal from their reactions for and against.
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I feel they should because so often people go to musical concerts in order to wallow in the stuff, rather like you might wallow in a warm bath.
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I know what I want at least, and the older I get I think I'm better at getting it out of players and singers.
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I recently did a piece for the Boston Pops and John Williams, and I hope that it's as well a composed piece as I've ever done for any other medium or occasion.
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I'm afraid that once I start talking, I become quite passionate about these things.
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I'm not actually teaching any more, but I am writing pieces for schools all the time, and for kids.
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I'm obviously very keen on the theater and I think it's inevitable that some of the orchestral and chamber pieces have got dramatic elements which might even suggest an unspecified dramatic plot of some kind or other, even though it's not in my mind at the time.
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I'm very interested, for instance, in music in education - getting young people not only to listen to, but participate in the music that I write. I consider this one of the most vital aspects of my work.
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If you aim at anything lower that is expecting your audience to be really alert and aware, then you're going to be caught out sooner or later as a composer.
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If you don't get feedback from your performers and your audience, you're going to be working in a vacuum.
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If you're writing a piece for the Boston Pops, the balance is towards one end. If you're writing a piece for a chamber music society, then it's towards another point. I won't make a final answer on that. I think it changes with every piece.
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It would be nice to think that one inspires something even better and greater, helped it to come into being. More, one can't ask.
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Oh I don't pretend to be a particularly good conductor, but I know that the performances I do with my own group, or what is now in a way becoming my own orchestra (the Scottish Chamber Orchestra) and other orchestras, have got a certain quality of authenticity which I recognize.
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People take more notice of you when you've got a certain reputation. It becomes easier to get those things out of people.
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Recently I've been participating in radio and television talk programs doing broadcasts and conferences, and shooting my mouth off and really going to town.
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Schubert didn't get his late works performed, and Beethoven simply couldn't hear them and learn from the results.
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The demands are related to their questing of the best possible out of the people concerned. It's this going for the highest possible factor that I'm very concerned about.
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The establishment in Britain is certainly against the arts and against education. If something doesn't make a profit, it's invalid, and art doesn't make a profit in that sense.
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The present government is very insistent that business sponsorship should replace government sponsorship of the arts. Business sponsorship won't happen unless you make tax concessions, which they won't.
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This is something that if a composer is not interested in it is at his peril. He'd better be interested in the relationship with his performers and his audiences if he's going to communicate anything with those people, and do something that is actually going to work in real terms.
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What they can expect always is that they're going to be made to think.
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You can't pander to your audience. You might in the short term, but ultimately you can't hoodwink them, either.
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You don't underestimate either players or audience in any circumstances.
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