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Esa-Pekka Salonen Quotes and Sayings

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This continuity of sound and form was something that
I became really interested in from working with Ligeti.
He was always going on about how form has to be continuous.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

There will have to be times when I'm not conducting because I'm composing.
I haven't solved that problem, and perhaps I never will.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

There is such a suspicion in today's world of people
who do more than one thing,
who aren't specialized.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I don't believe in an annual dose of film music for
the sake of it being film music.
If we program film music, it will be because there
is a real artistic reason for doing so.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

 

With American orchestras, in particular,
because they play in such huge halls,
getting a true pianissimo is very hard.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I've learned a lot from the masters of orchestration,
like Ravel and Stravinsky.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

This conducting thing happened.
In 1983 I was sucked into this international career,
which was a very scary experience.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Stravinsky is masterly: his harmony is conceived so
precisely that it can only be the way it is.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I always had, deep down, a slight aversion toward the
purely cerebral in music.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I can't imagine how many first performances I've done,
perhaps 500.
Some of them have been very good, and some of course very bad.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

The players never think they project enough.
In a hall that seats 3,300 people, it's a very scary
thing to play so quietly that you can barely hear yourself.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

Every day we make more progress toward understanding the concert hall.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I feel very free and very happy to be a composer.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

After working with Ligeti I began to hear Brahms and Beethoven differently.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

This country, and the West Coast, especially,
is bad at preserving any cultural legacy.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

Anyone who composes and conducts at the same time is immediately suspect,
because he must be faking one or the other.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

Music has just as much to do with movement and body
as it does soul and intellect.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

Once you get over the first hill, there is always a new,
higher one lurking, of course.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

Los Angeles is just a more open place.
The way L.A.
functions is that people give you a forum.
They say, Show us what you can do.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

The act of conducting in itself, of waving my arms
in the air and being in charge,
I didn't miss.
I missed the sensual pleasure of being in contact with music.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

Orchestras have become used to the emphasis on the separation of layers,
of the ultimate precision and clarity.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

When we're at the end of The Rite of Spring or of a Bruckner symphony,
I want people to feel the music physically.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

In Europe, there is so much tradition,
and everyone has established ideas as to what art should
be and what it has always been.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I discovered that the people of the North are different
and there's no way you can make a person from the North similar to a Southerner.
They're two different worlds.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

In the range of music that we play -
roughly 300 years' worth-there really are more similarities than differences.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

My music wouldn't sound the way it does if I hadn't
had the experience of conducting.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

The Northern idea of form is more of a process.
The various units of the form overlap.
You can't tell where some things stop and new things start.
This is typical of Sibelius.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

The underlying process in Northern music tends to be slower and continuous,
whatever's happening on the surface;
in Southern music the underlying process is always faster.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

The Royal Festival Hall in London is nice;
people hang out there.
I think this inviting, non-exclusive character is very important.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

As we watch TV or films, there are no organic transitions,
only edits.
The idea of A becoming B, rather than A jumping to B,
has become foreign.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I love a visceral sound, the kind that hits you in the belly.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

The music I turn out these days is the kind of music I want to hear myself.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

Pulse as an active means of expression,
Stravinsky and Beethoven are the two masters of that.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I'm still disturbed if a chord isn't together,
but your priorities change as you get older.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

The sound was my greatest concern.
There were certain difficulties getting used to the
way every musician can hear his or herself,
the way each of them relates to the musician in the next seat.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

If the seams are showing, there is something wrong
with the performance or the construction of the piece.
This idea is completely at odds with our modern visual experience,
because everything today is based on montage.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

There is more openness in LA to possibilities than
on the East Coast of America.
There is a pioneering spirit there that stems from
the reason people went out there in the first place-to find something new.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches,
letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.
- Pauline R. Kezer

Life is a continuity always and always.
There is no final destination it is going towards.
Just the pilgrimage, just the journey in itself is life,
not reaching to some point,
no goal - just dancing and being in pilgrimage,
moving joyously, without bothering about any destination.
- Osho

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to
feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.
- George Orwell

Our friends in the group Chicago, they just numbered
theirs and we thought that was kind of neat but it
made continuity from album to album and that was our way of doing it.
- Gerry Beckley

The little religion that I have clung to-that what
matters most is the continuity of life,
and its improvement from one generation to another.
- David O. Selznick

Children need continuity as they grow and learn.
- Thomas Menino

So companies have to be very schizophrenic.
On one hand, they have to maintain continuity of strategy.
But they also have to be good at continuously improving.
- Michael Porter

Continuity is at the heart of conservatism:
ecology serves that heart.
- Garrett Hardin

But I just think we've got such a continuity with what
we're doing that most people come in and fill in the blanks.
And sometimes we leave a lot of blanks to be filled.
- Charlie Hunter

It was all recorded and mixed and there's more continuity in it more direction.
- Dave Edmunds

For many of us, sport has provided the continuity in our lives,
the alternative family to the one we left behind.
It gives us something to talk about,
to preen about,
to care about.
- John Thorn

Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions,
just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.
- Bertrand Russell

Man has always needed to believe in some form of a
continuity of achievement.
- Robert Vaughn

But we are entitled to look for continuity in politics.
- Jonathan Coe

Finally, strategy must have continuity.
It can't be constantly reinvented.
- Michael Porter

Continuous eloquence wearies.
Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated.
Continuity in everything is unpleasant.
Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm.
- Blaise Pascal

Continuity is one of the things I like about New England.
- Tracy Kidder

The thing is, continuity of strategic direction and
continuous improvement in how you do things are absolutely
consistent with each other.
In fact, they're mutually reinforcing.
- Michael Porter

The ability to change constantly and effectively is
made easier by high-level continuity.
- Michael Porter

I have not lived so abundantly, full of family,
full of continuity and history.
- John Lone

Identity in the form of continuity of personality is
an extremely important characteristic of the individual.
- Kenneth L. Pike

And the continuity of our science has not been affected
by all these turbulent happenings,
as the older theories have always been included as
limiting cases in the new ones.
- Max Born

Continuity does not rule out fresh approaches to fresh situations.
- Dean Rusk

The sense of historical continuity, and a feeling for
philosophical rectitude cannot,
however, be compromised.
- Herbert Read

We do not believe that the Marxist program,
which embodies the continuity of the experience of
the actual class struggle and real revolutions of the
last one hundred and fifty years,
is a definitely closed book.
- Ernest Mandel

At the point when continuity was interrupted by the first nuclear explosion,
it would have been too easy to recover the formal sediment
which linked us with an age of poetic decorum,
of a preoccupation with poetic sounds.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Our job as writers and thinkers in the time is how
to bring about the occasions that let people have that
first-person experience -
or the metaphoric experience that allows them to see
human continuity as opposed to total threat,
total willingness to do violence.
- Stanley Crouch

Well I travelled quite a lot in the east,
and one of the things that impressed me greatly was
the buddhist notion of the continuity of things,
the wheel of life which is what we're talking about,
the ever turning wheel.
- Morris West

If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives,
who are not stored away in any golden ghettos,
you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life.
- Tom Stoppard

Whoever removes the Cross and its interpretation by
the New Testament from the center,
in order to replace it, for example,
with the social commitment of Jesus to the oppressed as a new center,
no longer stands in continuity with the apostolic faith.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

I think philosophers can do things akin to theoretical scientists,
in that, having read about empirical data,
they too can think of what hypotheses and theories
might account for that data.
So there's a continuity between philosophy and science in that way.
- Robert Nozick

For no continuity of social act is possible without
a corresponding social status and the many different
kinds of act required in an industrial state,
with its high degree of specialization,
make for corresponding classification of status.
- Kenneth Burke

Hence my obstinate emphasis on stylistic continuity
from work to work rather than specific sibling relationships
between the individual work and other members of its
stylistic 'family' in the world outside.
- Brian Ferneyhough

Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes
unanimity upon the divergent,
melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed,
and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.
- Yehudi Menuhin


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