a journal of observations, obsessions and inspirations

September2015

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Leonard Bernstein

Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time. The wait is simply too long.

LEONARD BERNSTEIN
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Leo Tolstoy

Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a man’s life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible.

LEO TOLSTOY
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W.H. Auden

If music in general is an imitation of history, opera in particular is an imitation of human willfulness; it is rooted in the fact that we not only have feelings but insist upon having them at whatever cost to ourselves.… The quality common to all the great operatic roles, e.g., Don Giovanni, Norma, Lucia, Tristan, Isolde, Brünnhilde, is that each of them is a passionate and willful state of being. In real life they would all be bores, even Don Giovanni.

W.H. AUDEN
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