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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Composer
Nation: Hungarian
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I did not compose my work as one might put on a church vestment... rather it sprung from the truly fervent faith of my heart, such as I have felt it since my childhood.

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We need improvement in the style of performance. There is no more advantage in a musician who plays and conducts than in one who is only a beater of rhythm.

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Without any assistance whatever, I founded a school in Weimar in 10 years. Only I could perform certain works with the scanty means that I dared not ask anyone else to work with.

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It is impossible to imagine a more complete fusion with nature than that of the Gypsy.

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Real men are sadly lacking in this world, for when they are put to the test they prove worthless.

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Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.

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Truth is a great flirt.

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Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.

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Life is only a long and bitter suicide, and faith alone can transform this suicide into a sacrifice.

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A person of any mental quality has ideas of his own. This is common sense.

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A theatre receives recognition through its initiative, which is indispensable for first-rate performances.

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Companions, in misery and worse, that is what we all are, and to try to change this substantially avails us nothing.

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Broad paths are open to every endeavour, and a sympathetic recognition is assured to every one who consecrates his art to the divine services of a conviction of a consciousness.

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The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible. We are pilots, not servants.

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I find little in the works of Beethoven, Berlioz, Wagner and others when they are led by a conductor who functions like a windmill.

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Supreme serenity still remains the Ideal of great Art. The shapes and transitory forms of life are but stages toward this Ideal, which Christ's religion illuminates with His divine light.

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Brahms' Variations are better than mine, but mine were written before his.

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I conclude that the Wagnerian operas which are already in the repertoire, and other masterworks as well, stand in no further need of my services.

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I foster a sorrowful conception of affection. Make no sacrifices.

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In Hungary all native music, in its origin, is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance.

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Inspiration is enough to give expression to the tone in singing, especially when the song is without words.

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It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me.

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Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words.

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Sorrowful and great is the artist's destiny.

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The music of the Gypsies belongs in the sphere of improvisation rather than in any other, without which it would have no power to exist.

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The public is always good.

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As the mother teaches her children how to express themselves in their language, so one Gypsy musician teaches the other. They have never shown any need for notation.

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The character of instrumental music... lets the emotions radiate and shine in their own character without presuming to display them as real or imaginary representations.

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