Absolutely on Music: Conversations by Haruki Murakami

By Haruki Murakami

A deeply own, intimate dialog approximately song and writing among the the world over acclaimed, best-selling writer and his shut buddy, the previous conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Haruki Murakami's ardour for song runs deep. earlier than turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz membership in Tokyo, and from The Beatles' "Norwegian wooden" to Franz Liszt's "Years of Pilgrimage," the classy and emotional strength of track permeates each of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a private dream, sitting down along with his good friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to speak, over a interval of 2 years, approximately their shared curiosity. Transcribed from long conversations in regards to the nature of track and writing, the following they talk about every thing from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from list accumulating to pop-up orchestras, and masses extra. eventually this booklet provides readers an unparalleled glimpse into the minds of the 2 maestros.

It is key analyzing for ebook and song enthusiasts all over the place.

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When it gets to this part, you can’t help beginning to wonder. MURAKAMI: Around here [the volume grows, the timpani enter (5:18)] the orchestra sounds as if it’s beginning to come apart. OZAWA: True. This wasn’t recorded at Manhattan Center, was it? At Carnegie Hall? MURAKAMI: Right. It’s a live recording from Carnegie Hall. OZAWA: I thought so. That’s why the sound is so dead. You know, they did a proper studio recording of the performance the next day in Manhattan Center. MURAKAMI: Of the same Brahms piece?

We’re patient, tough, and, finally, just plain stubborn. Once we’ve decided to do something in a certain way, it doesn’t matter what anybody else says, that’s how we’re going to do it. And even if, as a result, we find ourselves in dire straits, possibly even hated, we will take responsibility for our actions without making excuses. Ozawa is an utterly unpretentious person who is constantly cracking jokes, but he is also extremely sensitive to his surroundings, and his priorities are clear. Once he has made his mind up, he doesn’t waver.

This may sound pompous, but it happens to be the truth. People who live their lives watching what goes on around them, trying not to make waves, and looking for the easy compromise are not going to be able to do creative work, whatever their field. To build something where there was nothing requires deep individual concentration, and in most cases that kind of concentration occurs in a place unrelated to cooperation with others, a place we might even call dämonisch. Still, letting one’s ego run wild on the assumption that one is an “artist” will disrupt any kind of social life, which in turn interrupts the “individual concentration” so indispensable for creativity.

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