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    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
    tags: people  living 
     
    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
    I was different from most young conductors today.
    — Kurt Masur
    tags: young 
     
    You have to change your mind with every orchestra because every orchestra has a different character.
    — Kurt Masur
    tags: character  mind 
     
    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
    tags: people 
     
    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
    tags: people 
     
    What I never overcame is a kind of shyness.
    — Kurt Masur
    I wouldn't say I've changed my mind. I changed some of my natural habits, some of my natural character.
    — Kurt Masur
    tags: character  mind 
     
    And if you are strong enough, then you can grow as a conductor more and more.
    — Kurt Masur
    tags: strong 
     
    Even I had no opportunity to conduct very many concerts after World War II.
    — Kurt Masur
    tags: world  opportunities  war 
     
    And I always tried to be not a star. To be someone who people like to talk to.
    — Kurt Masur
    tags: people  star 
     
    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
    tags: men  respect 
     
    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
    tags: thoughts  young  america 
     
    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
    tags: beautiful  ideas 
     
    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
    tags: mistakes  wrong  library 
     
    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
    tags: people  thoughts  young 
     
    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
    tags: age  music  doctor 
     
    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
    tags: young  help 
     
    Young conductors who are confident enough, they very often have success.
    — Kurt Masur
    tags: young  success 
     
    I always imagined that to bring an orchestra to play together is not enough for a conductor.
    — Kurt Masur
    If every school would hire two more music teachers, we would need two fewer police officers.
    — Kurt Masur
    tags: music  school 
     
    An orchestra full of stars can be a disaster.
    — Kurt Masur
    tags: star 
     
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