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"And at the same time, I had my very first concert at the age of 16. I hadn't heard a symphony orchestra before, and I was so deeply impressed I said I have to be a conductor." Kurt Masur

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"And I always tried to be not a star. To be someone who people like to talk to." Kurt Masur

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"An orchestra full of stars can be a disaster." Kurt Masur

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"Even I had no opportunity to conduct very many concerts after World War II." Kurt Masur

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"At the age of 16, something happened with my finger and the doctor told me, you never can be a organist or pianist, so think about what you do with music." Kurt Masur

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"I worked on scores. I went to the musical library in Berlin which is very famous. I discovered that we had scores of Beethoven, printed scores of Beethoven, that are full of mistakes. Not the wrong or false notes, but the wrong dynamic, understandable things." Kurt Masur

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"As I came to New York, it was for me a new beginning. To discover what people are living here. What do they need, what do they expect, what would they like to be the image and the performance of the New York Philharmonic?" Kurt Masur

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"In South America, I heard the 8th Symphony of Beethoven. And the young conductor thought, Beethoven must be heroic. But this is piece which shouldn't be heroic. And this was such a misunderstanding, such a deep misunderstanding." Kurt Masur

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"I can go in front of an orchestra. I can go in front of an audience. But if you see me walking through an audience in the reception or through a lot of people, I'm still shy." Kurt Masur

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"And to understand this, I think this is a most important point where I would like always to be understood what we do with the New York Philharmonic. That the meaning of the music is number one." Kurt Masur

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"And I love the organ because I grew up in a small city, the organ was the major instrument in church which impressed me very strongly." Kurt Masur

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"If you go to Japan for instance, you should know that they have a different way of playing Beethoven or Brahms. But if you play with them Mozart, Debussy, Mendelssohn, they have a wonderful light feeling for that." Kurt Masur

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"What I always do, first listen to the orchestra, how they play. You are not starting to teach them from beginning, which is stupid." Kurt Masur

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"Even my family laughed at me because they thought this young guy who's always stuttering in front of other people should be in front of 100 musicians and talk to them and leading them." Kurt Masur

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"I never had the idea to be a conductor." Kurt Masur

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"The message of music was also the first thing what I learned from my first teacher. She was an organist too and she was very devoted to what she played, so she had a respect for every piece and she felt that she is not allowed to add something of her own." Kurt Masur

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"Very often, if I know the orchestra doesn't know a piece or it's a new piece, I have main ideas about it. But then we start to play and I never talk about places where they played so beautiful and so clear in the beginning that there is nothing to say." Kurt Masur

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"What I never overcame is a kind of shyness." Kurt Masur

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"I wouldn't say I've changed my mind. I changed some of my natural habits, some of my natural character." Kurt Masur

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"This is not to describe my own fate - I am grateful because I survived - but to describe how deeply I am moved by the War Requiem." Kurt Masur

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"You have to change your mind with every orchestra because every orchestra has a different character." Kurt Masur

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