Quotes by: Daniel Barenboim
Music means different things to different people and sometimes even different things to the same person at different moments of his life.
What the world is saying to us human beings is, 'Don't stick to the old ways, learn to think anew.' And that's what musicians do every day.
I can't stand going out to one more dinner with some Mrs. So-and-So who might leave a million dollars to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra when she dies.
For many people, music is here to let them forget the daily chores of life.
It is always interesting and sometimes even important to have intimate knowledge of a composer's life, but it is not essential in order to understand the composer's works.
Anti-Semitism has no historical, political and certainly no philosophical origins. Anti-Semitism is a disease.
Beethoven's importance in music has been principally defined by the revolutionary nature of his compositions. He freed music from hitherto prevailing conventions of harmony and structure.
The tempo is the suitcase. If the suitcase is too small, everything is completely wrinkled. If the tempo is too fast, everything becomes so scrambled you can't understand it.
Beethoven's music tends to move from chaos to order, as if order were an imperative of human existence.
I liked very much when we lived in Hampstead. We would go for walks on the Heath. I liked it better than living in the centre of town.