A random music quote for your day

8 Mar

I copied this quote (by hand – during a party) from a magazine or newspaper cut-out that had been taped to a door in some stranger’s house:

“Unfortunately a lot of the world’s great music, in the minds of a lot of people, has become a safe thing to experience. In my opinion, any great work of art is a very dangerous thing for anyone to experience, because if you’re really experiencing, let’s say, a great quartet work – the Cavatina of the Grosse Fuge, for example – you don’t know what might happen to you. Your molecules could get really bent out of shape, your whole life might take a different direction. That music has a great deal of power. It’s not safe, it’s not wallpaper music… it’s a challenge, an attempt to create musical essences. I think that about great works of art. It’s not safe. It’s not safe to go hear a Mozart symphony, not if you really listen.”
~David Harrington (the Kronos Quartet)

[bolding is mine. link is to a random Youtube performance.]

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