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Стоковский, Леопольд

Дата рождения: 18. Апрель 1882
Дата смерти: 13. Сентябрь 1977

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Леопо́льд Стоко́вский — британский и американский дирижёр польско-ирландского происхождения.

Цитаты Стоковский, Леопольд

„Music can be all things to all men. It is like a great dynamic sun in the center of a solar system which sends out its rays and inspiration in every direction. … It is as if the heavens open and a divine voice calls. Something in our souls responds and understands. We are speaking here of the most inspired music.“

— Leopold Stokowski
Context: I believe that music can be an inspirational force in all our lives — that its eloquence and the depth of its meaning are all-important, and that all personal considerations concerning musicians and the public are relatively unimportant — that music come from the heart and returns to the heart — that music is spontaneous, impulsive expression — that its range is without limit — that music is forever growing — that music can be one element to help us build a new conception of life in which the madness and cruelty of wars will be replaced by a simple understanding of the brotherhood of man. Music can be all things to all men. It is like a great dynamic sun in the center of a solar system which sends out its rays and inspiration in every direction. … It is as if the heavens open and a divine voice calls. Something in our souls responds and understands. We are speaking here of the most inspired music. Music For All Of Us (1943); also quoted as "...Music can be all things to all persons... "

„A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.“

— Leopold Stokowski
Context: A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence. Addressing an audience at Carnegie Hall, as quoted in The New York Times (11 May 1967); often this is quoted without the humorous final sentence.

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„I believe that music can be an inspirational force in all our lives — that its eloquence and the depth of its meaning are all-important“

— Leopold Stokowski
Context: I believe that music can be an inspirational force in all our lives — that its eloquence and the depth of its meaning are all-important, and that all personal considerations concerning musicians and the public are relatively unimportant — that music come from the heart and returns to the heart — that music is spontaneous, impulsive expression — that its range is without limit — that music is forever growing — that music can be one element to help us build a new conception of life in which the madness and cruelty of wars will be replaced by a simple understanding of the brotherhood of man. Music can be all things to all men. It is like a great dynamic sun in the center of a solar system which sends out its rays and inspiration in every direction. … It is as if the heavens open and a divine voice calls. Something in our souls responds and understands. We are speaking here of the most inspired music. Music For All Of Us (1943); also quoted as "...Music can be all things to all persons... "

„On matters of intonation and technicalities I am more than a martinet— I am a martinetissimo.“

— Leopold Stokowski
Statement recalled in obituaries (13 September 1977), as quoted in Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations (1988) compiled by James B. Simpson

„I understand you are doing "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." I would love to do that for you. I will do it for nothing.“

— Leopold Stokowski
During a chance meeting in a restaurant with Walt Disney. Stokowski's influence expanded the project and the idea eventually evolved into the landmark animation feature film Fantasia (1940), for which Stokowski had suggested the title, as one which indicates "a musical composition without a strict form"; quoted in Serious Business: The Art and Commerce of Animation in America from Betty Boop to Toy Story (2000) by Stefan Kanfer Unsourced variant: I would like to conduct that for you.

„It is my profound wish that this entire collection shall be devoted to the advancement of fine music for the continued enjoyment of music enthusiasts throughout the United States, be they students of the arts, performing artists, or members of that vast audience of music lovers among the American public.“

— Leopold Stokowski
From his will, in which he provided for his conducting scores, manuscript orchestral transcriptions, and recordings to archived and accessible to the public. The Stokowski Archives are now housed in the University of Pennsylvania Library.

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