Seven essential pieces of advice for young musicians (by Simon Rattle)
"There are very few professions in which people get to know each other so profoundly. You can get to know very deep things about people without even necessarily knowing their names – let alone what their lives are like. You're often dealing with these difficult, profound, intense truths. You can know a lot of deeply important things about people without knowing any of the normal, trivial things about them."
I hold a grudge against a few musicians and composers, because their music (even the most exquisite one) makes me feel that they are not persons I could respect or like, e.g. Mahler or practically all American conductors. When I think of my greatest love, it's Maurizio Pollini.
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