17. August 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Quotes

I always maintain that playing in an orchestra intelligently is the best school for democracy. If you play a solo, the conductor and everybody in the orchestra follows you. Then, a few bars later, the main voice goes to another instrument, another group, and then you have to go back into the collective [sound]. The art of playing in an orchestra is being able to express yourself to the maximum but always in relation to something else that is going on.

-Daniel Barenboim

(Hmmm. I have to say that this is not always the case; I’ve had conductors who would never follow a player in the orchestra no matter what!)
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