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Kurt Masur Quotes and Sayings

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Young conductors who are confident enough,
they very often have success.
- Kurt Masur

Even my family laughed at me because they thought this
young guy who's always stuttering in front of other
people should be in front of 100 musicians and talk
to them and leading them.
- Kurt Masur

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

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

 

At the age of 16, something happened with my finger and the doctor told me,
you never can be a organist or pianist,
so think about what you do with music.
- Kurt Masur

An orchestra full of stars can be a disaster.
- Kurt Masur

You have to change your mind with every orchestra because
every orchestra has a different character.
- Kurt Masur

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I wouldn't say I've changed my mind.
I changed some of my natural habits,
some of my natural character.
- Kurt Masur

What I never overcame is a kind of shyness.
- Kurt Masur

And I always tried to be not a star.
To be someone who people like to talk to.
- Kurt Masur

I was different from most young conductors today.
- Kurt Masur

Even I had no opportunity to conduct very many concerts after World War II.
- Kurt Masur

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

I can go in front of an orchestra.
I can go in front of an audience.
But if you see me walking through an audience in the
reception or through a lot of people,
I'm still shy.
- Kurt Masur

Sometimes if you have very confident people,
you have to tell them please, be polite,
there are other players are good enough as you and
you should never speak out of an orchestra.
- Kurt Masur

If you go to Japan for instance, you should know that
they have a different way of playing Beethoven or Brahms.
But if you play with them Mozart, Debussy,
Mendelssohn, they have a wonderful light feeling for that.
- Kurt Masur

As I came to New York, it was for me a new beginning.
To discover what people are living here.
What do they need, what do they expect,
what would they like to be the image and the performance
of the New York Philharmonic?
- Kurt Masur

Very often, if I know the orchestra doesn't know a
piece or it's a new piece,
I have main ideas about it.
But then we start to play and I never talk about places
where they played so beautiful and so clear in the
beginning that there is nothing to say.
- Kurt Masur

And to understand this, I think this is a most important
point where I would like always to be understood what
we do with the New York Philharmonic.
That the meaning of the music is number one.
- Kurt Masur

I believe so, but at first he must know.
He must know in which spirit Beethoven has composed this piece.
He must try to study that.
And he must find out in which station of life of Beethoven he did.
- 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

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

I worked on scores.
I went to the musical library in Berlin which is very famous.
I discovered that we had scores of Beethoven,
printed scores of Beethoven, that are full of mistakes.
Not the wrong or false notes, but the wrong dynamic,
understandable things.
- Kurt Masur

The message of music was also the first thing what
I learned from my first teacher.
She was an organist too and she was very devoted to what she played,
so she had a respect for every piece and she felt that
she is not allowed to add something of her own.
- Kurt Masur

Since the composer has said everything,
if you discover everything, it will be enough and you will be a happy man.
Don't try to say it's your taste, and because of that
you are changing this or that.
And I must say this respect is still there.
- Kurt Masur

Choose to be as a young child -
fully awake, eager for the next experience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Is the babe young? When I behold it,
it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Curiosity keeps one young - in thought and in action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To keep your thinking young, stay curious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A friendship will be young after the lapse of half a century;
a passion is old at the end of three months.
- Madame Swetchine

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

To a very young child, mommy and daddy are gods.
We spend our lives looking to regain
that sense of being cared for and protected.
Thus religion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Consciously adopt the mindset of a young child,
to whom all of life is a grand adventure.
Life is your playground.
Fashion grand castles and sweeping boulevards,
defeat fire-breathing dragons,
leap tall buildings in a single bound.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person,
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

Procrastination is the thief of time.
- Edward Young

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

The object of education is to prepare the young
to educate themselves throughout their lives.
- Robert M. Hutchins

I am not young enough to know everything.
- Oscar Wilde

I am no longer young enough to know everything.
- Oscar Wilde

Solitude is painful when one is young,
but delightful when one is more mature.
- Albert Einstein

You are only young once,
but you can stay immature indefinitely.
- Anonymous

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Perhaps people, and kids especially,
are spoiled today,
because all the kids today have cars,
it seems.
When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.
- James Cagney

Mind can never be intelligent - only no-mind is intelligent.
Only no-mind is original and radical.
Only no-mind is revolutionary - revolution in action.
The mind gives you a sort of stupor.
Burdened by the memories of the past,
burdened by the projections of the future,
you go on living - at the minimum.
You dont live at the maximum.
Your flame remains very dim.
Once you start dropping thoughts,
the dust that you have collected in the past,
the flame arises - clean, clear, alive, young.
Your whole life becomes a flame,
and a flame without any smoke.
That is what awareness is.
- Osho

It takes a long time to become young.
- Pablo Picasso

Who would ever think that so much went on
in the soul of a young girl?
- Anne Frank

Old age is like everything else.
To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
- Henry Ford

I cried on my 18th birthday.
I thought 17 was such a nice age.
You're young enough to get away with things,
but you're old enough, too.
- Liv Tyler

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.
- Mark Twain

Can you imagine young people nowadays making a study
of trigonometry for the fun of it? Well I did.
- Clyde Tombaugh

The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of
the hygiene of older people,
and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.
- Logan P. Smith

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist
to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast.
It keeps him young.
- Konrad Lorenz

Every young man would do well to remember that all
successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Take young researchers, put them together in virtual seclusion,
give them an unprecedented degree of freedom and turn
up the pressure by fostering competitiveness.
- James D. Watson

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.
- George McGovern

The way for a young man to rise is
to improve himself in every way he can,
never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
- Abraham Lincoln

Much education today is monumentally ineffective.
All too often we are giving young people cut flowers
when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
- John W. Gardner

Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope,
to love - and to put its trust in life.
- Joseph Conrad

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief,
is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

What harsh judges fathers are to all young men!
- Terence

Those who love deeply never grow old;
they may die of old age,
but they die young.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher

My mom taught us the Serenity Prayer at a young age.
- Toby Keith

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping
young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the
ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.
- Walt Disney

How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes,
packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners,
and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
- Paul Sweeney

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell


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