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.
It is very important that we join forces to support the music of earlier ages, as well as the performers and organisations who disseminate it, and that is precisely what the European Network for Early Music has done in coming up with the idea of holding this Day of celebration.
Like one of Dostoyevsky’s characters, who says that “beauty will save the world”, we also believe in art which is useful to society ; art which through beauty, grace, emotion and spirituality has the power to transform us and enhance our sensitivity and solidarity.