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    esa-pekka salonen Quotes

    Stravinsky is masterly: his harmony is conceived so precisely that it can only be the way it is.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: harmony 
     
    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
    tags: believe  real  music  film 
     
    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
    tags: process  ideas 
     
    With American orchestras, in particular, because they play in such huge halls, getting a true pianissimo is very hard.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: true  american 
     
    This country, and the West Coast, especially, is bad at preserving any cultural legacy.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: bad 
     
    I think we still do have a PR problem in the sense that these institutions portray themselves quite often as a museum without the contemporary wing. For a young cutting-edge person, why would you get into that sort of business, which is very clearly geared towards dead or almost dead people?
    — 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
    tags: experience  career 
     
    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
    tags: time  problem 
     
    My music wouldn't sound the way it does if I hadn't had the experience of conducting.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: experience  music 
     
    Of course performing talent, that's clear. Maybe this is not so well-known among young people who are interested in music, who are talented in music, but they're trying to figure out how to go about it.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: people  young  talent  music 
     
    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
    tags: film  ideas 
     
    Anyone who composes and conducts at the same time is immediately suspect, because he must be faking one or the other.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: time 
     
    I always had, deep down, a slight aversion toward the purely cerebral in music.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: music 
     
    Every orchestra I know, every opera house I know, is desperately looking around trying to find new talent, new composing talent, supporting young composers, supporting new ideas, supporting new ways of getting the message across.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: young  talent  ideas 
     
    In the range of music that we play - roughly 300 years' worth-there really are more similarities than differences.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: music  year 
     
    I'm still disturbed if a chord isn't together, but your priorities change as you get older.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    I've learned a lot from the masters of orchestration, like Ravel and Stravinsky.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: master 
     
    The classical music industry, has been an industry of covers. So we do covers, and if I compare this with the rock and pop side, what is the most exciting event?
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: music 
     
    I love a visceral sound, the kind that hits you in the belly.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    I feel very free and very happy to be a composer.
    — 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
    tags: people  world 
     
    Conducting is intensely social. You work with a hundred people every day. You collaborate, you try to focus their thoughts, you try to give them a concept, you try to inspire them, and it's actually exhausting.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: people  work  thoughts  focus  inspire 
     
    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
    tags: bad  imagine 
     
    You know, in some ways conducting is counter-intuitive. It's like winter driving in Finland - if you skid, the natural reaction is to fight with the wheel and jam on the brakes, which is the quickest way to get killed. What you have to do is let go, and the car will right itself. It's the same when an orchestra loses its ensemble. You have to resist the temptation to semaphore, and let the orchestra find its own way back to the pulse.
    — 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
    tags: pleasure  music 
     
    The philharmonic became such a journey and adventure in my life, and a deeply satisfying thing.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: journey  adventure 
     
    If somebody had told me when I was starting composition in Helsinki in the '70s that I would end up in L.A. and to describe that journey, those 17 years with the philharmonic and building the hall and this and that, I would have said, "This is a fairy tale of the first order."
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: journey  year 
     
    I feel that this is my artistic home, and I'm very happy to be a California artist together with many others who are not from here originally but who decided to make this the center of their activities. There's something about that that I find very inspiring and satisfying.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: inspiring  artist 
     
    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
    tags: people 
     
    I'm trying to conduct only five months a year, and the rest will be composing time. I'm trying to spend as much as I can out of those months here in L.A., because for creative work, this is a fantastic place.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: time  work  creative  year 
     
    Orchestras have become used to the emphasis on the separation of layers, of the ultimate precision and clarity.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: clarity 
     
    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
    tags: people 
     
    Every day we make more progress toward understanding the concert hall.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    I'm composing more than before. I'm cutting down on conducting.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    After 30 years I have realized the greatest pleasure I can get is to have learnt.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: pleasure  year 
     
    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
    tags: ideas 
     
    Music has just as much to do with movement and body as it does soul and intellect.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: soul  body  music 
     
    The biggest difference between U.S and most European big cities is that in a place like London, for instance, there are five orchestras, and there's a bloody competition between these five orchestras.
    — Esa-Pekka Salonen
    tags: competition 
     
    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
    tags: process  music 
     
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