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Charles Munch Quotes and Sayings

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The conductor must breathe life into the score.
It is you and you alone who must expose it to the understanding,
reveal the hidden jewel to the sun at the most flattering angles.
- Charles Munch

The collective conscience of a hundred musicians is no light burden.
Think for a moment of what it would mean to a pianist
if by some miracle every key of his instrument should
suddenly become a living thing.
- Charles Munch

Music is an art that expresses the inexpressible.
It rises far above what words can mean or the intelligence define.
Its domain is the imponderable and impalpable land of the unconscious.
- Charles Munch

Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally,
it is being someone who is a coach, a trainer,
an editor, a director.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

 

The conductor's stand is not a continent of power,
but rather an island of solitude.
- Riccardo Muti

Only when every one of us and every nation learns the
secret of love for all mankind will the world become a great orchestra,
following the beat of the Greatest Conductor of all.
- Artur Rodzinski

A conductor should guide rather than command.
- Riccardo Muti

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All the conductor has to do is stand back and try not to get in the way.
Mozart is doing all the work.
- Colin R. Davis

Musical practice is too young an art in America to
warrant a search for men with a conductor's gift.
- Anton Seidl

When I first was conducting as guest conductor in Europe 25 years ago,
I would propose doing American pieces and grudgingly
it would be accepted from time to time.
- Michael Tilson Thomas

The director is a bit analogous to the conductor of a symphony orchestra.
It's a collaborative adventure.
- Nicholas Meyer

I like to create the music I hear in my interior.
As a conductor, you have the ability to squeeze the
sounds and interpretation you asked for from 50 to 80 people.
- Eberhard Weber

The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself
in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible.
We are pilots, not servants.
- Franz Liszt

I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years,
and I can say what most conductors can't say;
I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.
- Harriet Tubman

The conductor's gift does not always go hand in hand
with that of composition;
indeed,
the union is found much more seldom than is popularly believed.
- Anton Seidl

Conductors' careers are made for the most part with 'Romantic' music.
'Classic' music eliminates the conductor;
we do not remember him in it.
- Igor Stravinsky

The conductor has the advantage of not seeing the audience.
- Andre Kostelanetz

And if you are strong enough, then you can grow as
a conductor more and more.
- Kurt Masur

I find little in the works of Beethoven,
Berlioz, Wagner and others when they are led by a conductor
who functions like a windmill.
- Franz Liszt

Show me an orchestra that likes its conductor and I'll
show you a lousy conductor.
- Goddard Lieberson

I always imagined that to bring an orchestra to play
together is not enough for a conductor.
- Kurt Masur

I don't feel that the conductor has real power.
The orchestra has the power, and every member of it
knows instantaneously if you're just beating time.
- Itzhak Perlman

And at the same time, I had my very first concert at the age of 16.
I hadn't heard a symphony orchestra before,
and I was so deeply impressed I said I have to be a conductor.
- Kurt Masur

The awful thing about a conductor becoming geriatric
is that you seem to become more desirable,
not less.
- Neville Marriner

Because I have sixty years of being a professional composer,
conductor, musician, whatever, and you develop a lot
of friendships and you get involved with a lot of sort
of long-term commitments and obligations.
- Gunther Schuller

In South America, I heard the 8th Symphony of Beethoven.
And the young conductor thought, Beethoven must be heroic.
But this is piece which shouldn't be heroic.
And this was such a misunderstanding,
such a deep misunderstanding.
- Kurt Masur

You know as I started as a shy young conductor,
I always wanted to cooperate.
To build up the musicians.
To help them to be better than without a conductor.
And sometimes young talented musicians have to be encouraged.
- Kurt Masur

Great cataclysmic things can go by and neither the
orchestra nor the conductor are under the delusion
that whether they make this or that gesture is going
to be the deciding factor in how it comes out.
- James Levine

So, first you have to be able to play with a metronome.
Then you take your freedom.
If you play in an orchestra, you got to watch the conductor,
he is like a metronome, but it is more difficult because he can change rhythms.
- Ruggiero Ricci

The very first time I was on a car in Atlanta,
I saw the conductor - all conductors are white -
ask a Negro woman to get up and take a seat farther
back in order to make a place for a white man.
I have also seen white men requested to leave the Negro section of the car.
- Ray Stannard Baker

I conceived of an instrument that would create sound
without using any mechanical energy,
like the conductor of an orchestra.
The orchestra plays mechanically, using mechanical energy;
the conductor just moves his hands,
and his movements have an effect on the music artistry.
- Leon Theremin

Is it not the business of the conductor to convey to
the public in its dramatic form the central idea of a composition;
and how can he convey that idea successfully if he
does not enter heart and soul into the life of the
music and the tale it unfolds?
- John Philip Sousa

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell PHOTO

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale

May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEing
that is created vast enough to encompass Unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is sanctuary in being alone with nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
- Lao Tzu

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
- Joseph Campbell

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Face the facts of being what you are,
for that is what changes what you are.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Pay attention to rainbows, and snowflakes,
butterflies and the songs of birds,
the crash of storm-driven waves
and the mirror-surface of a quiet pond.
Let the depths of nature become a part of your innermost being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be - don't try to become.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

Today is my day to honor my being,
release each and every struggle,
gather strength from life's storms,
relax into the arms of spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Honor your being,
Release each and every struggle,
Gather strength from life's storms,
Relax into the arms of spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
May your essence be the nectar of the open blossom of your joy.
May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Freedom lies in being bold.
- Robert Frost

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will.
Its seat is in the heart,
and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The key to success, and to happiness,
is being fully engaged in life -
leading yourself with inspiration and committed action -
setting your own fine and honorable example.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

We deem those happy, who from the experience of life
have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.
- Carl Jung

Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

When I'm trusting and being myself...
everything in my life reflects this
by falling into place easily, often miraculously.
- Shakti Gawain

Nothing big ever came from being small.
- William J. Clinton

Being is the great explainer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Be a Human BEing Rather Than a Human DOing.
- Anonymous

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater is our own sense of well-being.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

Any human being who is becoming independent of conditionings,
of religions, scriptures, prophets and messiahs, has arrived home.
He has found the treasure which was hidden in his own being.
- Osho

Until you'll willing to look foolish,
you'll never have the possibility of being great.
- Cher

Language... has created the word "loneliness"
to express the pain of being alone.
And it has created the word "solitude"
to express the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.


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