For many people, music is here to let them forget the daily chores of life.
When you love somebody and they die young and you are young, too, it is very hard.
Beethoven's music tends to move from chaos to order, as if order were an imperative of human existence.
The tempo is the suitcase. If the suitcase is too small, everything is completely wrinkled. If the tempo is too fast, everything becomes so scrambled you can't understand it.
Anti-Semitism has no historical, political and certainly no philosophical origins. Anti-Semitism is a disease.
What the world is saying to us human beings is, 'Don't stick to the old ways, learn to think anew.' And that's what musicians do every day.
I know so many Irish musicians. They're all over, because there has been so much emigration from Ireland. Like the Jews.
Israel is in the grip of a ghetto mentality. We have a powerful army. We have the atomic bomb. But the psychology of what comes out of Israel has the tone of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Beethoven's importance in music has been principally defined by the revolutionary nature of his compositions. He freed music from hitherto prevailing conventions of harmony and structure.
Live life to the full, and become more curious every day. The more you find out about life, the richer your music-making will be.
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