Maestro Riccardo Muti.
Maestro. Teacher. Expert.
Conductor. Listening carefully. Interpreter of music.
“Perfavore Maestro – autografo?”
Music coming from your fingertips.
“The notes are there on the page but there is a whole universe behind them.”
“We must teach young people that an orchestra is the symbol of a society. Everyone has the same score but with different lines in front of them. Freedom must exist but should not damage or stop the freedom of the other player. This is how it should be in a society.”
“Conductors should never speak. It is up to you to interpret the music for yourself.”
“The beauty of music is that it brings people together. They may have different colored skin. Different religions. Different languages. But, they have the same heart when they begin to sing and play together. You create an immediate sort of friendship with people who may live very far away from you.”
“We have a social commitment to continue the tradition and culture that makes music valuable. It is our best weapon toward a good future.”
That is the power of music.
I am blessed to have been in his presence.