Daniel Barenboim

I have music in my brain all the time, all sorts.Daniel Barenboim

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When you love somebody and they die young and you are young, too, it is very hard.Daniel Barenboim

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I love conducting. What I'm tired of is music administration. I don't want that. I just want to make music.Daniel Barenboim

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I can't stand going out to one more dinner with some Mrs. So-and-So who might leave a million dollars to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra when she dies.Daniel Barenboim

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The Barenboim Foundation has nothing to do with politics.Daniel Barenboim

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You can't expect someone born into a family with no music... to understand when I'm conducting the Schoenberg Variations.Daniel Barenboim

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It is always interesting and sometimes even important to have intimate knowledge of a composer's life, but it is not essential in order to understand the composer's works.Daniel Barenboim

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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.Daniel Barenboim

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Beethoven was a deeply political man in the broadest sense of the word. He was not interested in daily politics, but concerned with questions of moral behaviour and the larger questions of right and wrong affecting the entire society.Daniel Barenboim

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The greatness of a musician is measured by the degree of fanaticism he brings to his playing.Daniel Barenboim

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You used to queue for three days and two nights for tickets for Rubinstein. People stayed in the queue for the whole day.Daniel Barenboim

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In Arab culture, music is for celebration. You don't play music at funerals.Daniel Barenboim

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The Iranian government still denies the Holocaust - so you can't take them seriously. And the Israeli government spreads rumours and disinformation about Iran - because it needs to for the creation of panic. I find these theological states - and in this respect, Israel and Iran are twin brothers - very, very dangerous.Daniel Barenboim

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I have loved Elliott Carter's music for many years.Daniel Barenboim

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When you get to be 103, modernism is a very wide concept.Daniel Barenboim

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The problem with listening to music today is that there's so much of it everywhere. We've got used to hearing music without actually listening to it.Daniel Barenboim

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Controversial means somebody who makes people think. And if you are afraid of people who will be against you, you might as well stay home and do nothing.Daniel Barenboim

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I cannot be music director at La Scala and at Staatsoper. This would be unfair to one of the two institutions.Daniel Barenboim

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I used to conduct the last opera in Berlin on Sunday, get on a plane on Monday to Chicago, and start a rehearsal that same night, if it was a performance week.Daniel Barenboim

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To play four hands requires two people who have great affinity for each other.Daniel Barenboim

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When I played my first concert with an orchestra, I was eight years old in Berlin.Daniel Barenboim

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I have accumulated so many experiences, so much, that I want to be able to realize so many things. This is why I have basically given up most of my positions.Daniel Barenboim

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Most of the time I spend looking for the 25th hour in the day, the ninth day in the week, the 32nd day in the month and the 367th, eighth or 70th day in the year because I feel I have a very rich life.Daniel Barenboim

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I am permanently relaxed.Daniel Barenboim

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I don't believe in changing the unchangeable.Daniel Barenboim

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I don't like possessions.Daniel Barenboim

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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.Daniel Barenboim

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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.Daniel Barenboim

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It's funny, because in 1970 I met the Beatles quite by a chance at a party. It was the Beethoven bicentenary, and I was then also playing the Beethoven Sonatas. And that's all they wanted to hear about - I wanted to talk about them, and all they wanted to talk about was Beethoven.Daniel Barenboim

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You find Jews, Irish, and Italians in every orchestra.Daniel Barenboim

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