Nikolaus Harnoncourt. once wrote the following: “Art is more than just entertainment. It used to be a vital element of civilisation: you went into a concert hall and came out again devastated, transformed, your certainties stripped away.” What I most expect from the younger generation of musicians as they approach this repertoire (and all music, for that matter), is that they base their interpretations on a close examination of the cultural and historic context in which any given work was written. To quote Harnoncourt again, “The word ‘WHY’ should always be at the forefront of every artist’s mind.”
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Any initiative to bring Early Music to the attention of a bigger public is important!
I don’t believe that music can have great impact if it doesn’t say something or represent something universal. That is what is wonderful about music. French Music, German Music are World Music. French Culture, or English Culture, or German Culture, or Italian Culture, these are World Cultures as well. This is one of the reasons why, obviously, culture is a terribly important part of civilization. And perhaps, in this sad world we are living in now, culture is one of the things that could allow us to survive or at least to have faith in ideals which I think are eternal.