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A composer better be interested in the relationship with his performers and his audiences if he's going to communicate anything.
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An audience shouldn't listen with complacency.
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As one gets older, one's music gets played more, but I hope it doesn't become establishment.
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Business sponsorship won't happen unless you make tax concessions, which they won't. The government has refused to do it.
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Even something like Eight Songs for a Mad King, on the 100th or 200th time, something will get through.
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For orchestral pieces, gramophone recordings are perfectly adequate.
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Have your own piece commissioned and then you can do what you like.
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I conduct concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, but I'm a bit out of practice to play them on the piano.
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I didn't even know the orchestra very well except through two or three performances and lots of recordings. It changes and depends upon the occasion and the audience.
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I don't know how it works in America, but in Britain it has a rather uncomfortable ring to it that you're writing rather comfortable music, and that, for me, would be anathema.
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I don't mind the opera house as long as it doesn't have a stodgy old audience.
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I don't pretend to be a particularly good conductor, but I know the performances I do with my own group have a certain quality of authenticity.
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I feel very annoyed when it's a piece that hasn't been done in the way that I would appreciate its being done. I think the director of these productions is very often the Prima Donna.
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I know German and French and Italian well enough to know they work perfectly well in those languages.
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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 like working very much with people. In electronic studios you tend to have to work in cities, very often in rooms without windows. That I certainly wouldn't like.
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I saw the first German performance of The Lighthouse in Bremen and it was a stunning production.
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I think I play the piece as if I just composed it. That's the ideal.
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I'm very keen on the theater, and I think it's inevitable that some of the orchestral and chamber pieces have dramatic elements.
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I've seen productions in Norwegian and Swedish.
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If I'm writing a piece for my own festival in Orkney, then I do know the audience very well. But if I'm writing a piece for the Boston Symphony, then I don't know the audience.
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If you don't have a concert performance of one's pieces, new pieces particularly, and a consistent confrontation between musicians and audience, you are going to be the loser.
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If you know your craft, you make big demands, but they're probably not insuperable.
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It's this going for the highest possible factor that I'm very concerned about. You don't underestimate either players or audience in any circumstances.
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Lots of ideas come in discussions and rehearsals, and they can lead to new pieces.
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So often people go to musical concerts to wallow in the stuff.
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Somebody has to shout and try to defend civilization against our government in Britain, which is really cutting back.
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The arts did very well under labor administration.
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The establishment in Britain is certainly against the arts and 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 great masters still produced very individual works which raised the hackles of the musical establishment until the day they died. It's a matter of maintaining one's integrity.
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The opera house audience is not an audience I'm very fond of, I'm afraid.
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The present conservative government are beyond convincing.
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There's something awfully attractive about the smell of the grease paint and all that goes with the real theater performance.
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These days student orchestras and student groups are doing my pieces increasingly.
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Things in the public domain are done by lots of people who do their piece and don't defer to me. I get the royalties, but that's all.
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To understand it, I think the music really has to get right inside and disturb to some extent.
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Usually these days, if I want to write something I can get it commissioned.
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What the audience can expect always is that they're going to be made to think.
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When I arrived in St. Louis, there was a letter waiting for me from a student at a grammar school where I taught for three years 20 years ago, thanking me for what happened then.
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When I wrote a big orchestral piece for the BBC in 1969, I think about a third of the audience walked out and the rest booed. They hated it back then.
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When people make that kind of change to a piece, where they disregard your directions as to the staging, it's just disruptive, and I don't really see the justification for i.
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When we go to Italy or France or Germany, we always do the works in those languages. Not in Scandinavia so much because one is told their people are capable of understanding English.
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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 in it, they're going to start getting bored.
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When you're writing a piece of music for children to perform, you make big demands on them as it relates to the audience.
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When you're young and untried, people are very suspicious. When you get a bit older, and I hate to use the word, quite a bit more established, conducting becomes a great deal easier. You don't have battles like you had before.
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You can't really know your audiences so well.
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You should really mean make demands on their musicality, just as you make demands on the musicians' musicality.
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You train teachers, of course. In Britain we're facing such enormous cutbacks in education programs that you feel you are knocking your head against a brick wall. But you go on doing it.
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