The real art of conducting consists in transitions.
Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.
I was a crazy young man who let himself be blinded by his passions and obeyed only the impulses of the moment.
Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a carefully selected number of piccolos.
Never let oneself be guided by the opinion of one's contemporaries. Continue steadfastly on one's way.
You must renounce all superficiality, all convention, all vanity and delusion.
Destiny smiles upon me but without making me the least bit happier.
It is strange how one feels drawn forward without knowing at first where one is going.
There is a world of difference between a Mahler eighth note and a normal eighth note.
The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.
It should be one's sole endeavor to see everything afresh and create it anew.
It's not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it.
In the theatrical works we love and admire the most, the ending of the drama generally takes place offstage.
Even if people censure me, they should do so hat in hand.
Behind me the branches of a wasted and sterile existence are cracking.
I beg of you... never assume an inner or an outer pose, never a disguise.
An operetta is simply a small and gay opera.
I hope you will no longer accuse me of a lack of delicacy. as I now count on your understanding.
I am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way.
If you think you're boring your audience, go slower not faster.
I have become a different person. I don't know whether this person is better, he certainly is not happier.
Discipline, work. Work, discipline.
The longer you live and the more you learn, the more clearly you will feel the difference between the few men who are truly great and the mere virtuosi.
Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift.
Don't bother looking at the view - I have already composed it.