Wise words from the great Pierre Boulez, in a lovely profile written by Mark Swed of The Los Angeles Times. How pleasant to hear the witty, thoughtful, bold Boulez speak out, mostly about music, but also about modernity, individuality, aging — on and on. Some folks deserve their fame; he's one.
Let's call this the quote of the day, and highlight it:
I say follow your path — provided it goes up. That's my definition of
Makes me want to get out into the mountains, even though of course Boulez wasn't thinking of that.
Here's the man himself, conducting. He disdains a stick, and expects his musicians to follow the slightest of his gestures.
They do — with the utmost of respect.