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Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 - 1st movement

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Daniel Cho (conductor) with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

‘If the eyes are shining, you know you’re doing it.’

— Benjamin Zander

'I love the fact he still has this energy and enthusiasm at 80 years old. The world needs to appreciate this man.'
Ft Wong
'Heartfelt Quotes of Zander:
"The first thing to do is to decide exactly what to do."
"Don't look worried, don't allow yourself to look worried."
"You're not worried, you are sharing something great. Worry is about you, sharing something great is about Beethoven, and about them (note: them = orchestra players). "
"What you need to do is give the feeling of the line, that's the hard thing."
"Your facial expressions are very limitedbe more interesting, more gestures, more variety, more colors, more emotions, more everything!"
"Every note in music is going somewhere, or coming from somewhere."
"Our routine is the death of music, so conductors have a very big role to play, because they spend 90 % of the life doing routine."
"Tell the story!"
"The reason they are applauding, is because you've opened something in them that wasn't there before."
"Thank you Beethoven! for opening up that key which is my full emotion, my full expression, my full participation in life. That's what your job is. That's conducting!"
" (on youth orchestra) You think they'are 12, 13, 14 year old, what can they do? They are just kids. No. They can do anything you ask them to do, but you have to ask them."
" (on orchestra players) They love to be asked the limit, they don't want to be asked half-hearted."
"We can't afford to be casual, because people depend on us, like they depend on the priest or the Dalai Lama. That's why we have to tell the truth musically. We have to tell the truth, because people depend on us. So that's why it is not good to muddle about with the truth. Beethoven's truth is as clear as it could be."
"Don't conduct!"
"You don't need every beat, they don't need every beat."
"Don't do what I do. Everybody has to do their own way, but it has to be a change of character."
"If the eyes are shining, you know you're doing it.
"It would be great, if we could act in the world so that other people have shiny eyes."
"Music makes people more beautiful than anything else does."'
Jay Suryavanshi
'Benjamin Zander is the best conducting teacher ever!'
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