"The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones."
"The human attitude of which classical music is the expression is always the same; it is always based on the same kind of insight into life and strives for the same kind of victory over blind chance. Classical music as gesture signifies knowledge of the tragedy of the human condition, affirmation of human destiny, courage, cheerful serenity."
"When you listen to the traditional music of India then you see how they master the vibrato. In India it’s an esthetical technique in order to make the sound itself more interesting but here in the West it is a mechanical thing, especially in schools. In France they use too much vibrato, in the Soviet Union the singers are also terrible. The harmony and the melodic pattern are completely lost, you don’t know where you stand. To hold a sound for a long time without changing the timbre or the dynamic is very difﬁcult on a string instrument and that should be one of the tests for their diploma."
"The reason I talk about this is because I feel that the younger composer has no comprehension of work. And I feel that that’s the door! That you could only become close by this continual work, close or distant, whatever it is to continue. Now it’s not because they have no ideas or they don’t have talent, but it’s because the amount of work that really goes into writing a piece is incomprehensible to them."
"'I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played."
"'Beauty in music is too often confused with something that let's the ears lie back in an easy chair."
"'Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages."