Olin Downes Quotes & Wallpapers

Total Quotes: 3

We constantly hear about the necessity of an open mind in listening to new music. Does it occur to many that an open mind is also a necessity with old music? Olin Downes
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Do any newspaper commentators really write with the fear that their opinions will be read twenty-five, fifty, and a hundred years hence and be compared with the verdicts of later generations? If so, they have absurd and childish notions. Most opinions printed in a newspaper are for a glance at the breakfast table and then the wastebasket. Olin Downes
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Music is composed for people. People are not assembled merely to observe a musical ritual. But a conductor rules otherwise. So the audience behaves like the well-trained flunky that it is in the interpreter's presence. Olin Downes
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