"They Are Only In It For The Money"

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FZ: The main thing that I consider before undertaking a work, you know, a long orchestral thing like that—you see in the old days, before I got a chance to work with a orchestra, before I found out that they are only in it for the money, and they're considering only their pensions and their rehearsal breaks and all those other little mechanical things that makes life in a symphony orchestra so delightful—when I found that out, it's— it turned me off so bad to writing for that medium. Because the orchestras that I had a chance to work with—the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic in London—their attitude towards the performance of music in general seemed to me wrong, you know. They weren't putting enough personal energy into the performance of the music. I get a better performance out of the members of the group—you know, even though it's only a mere ten pieces I can make it sound like an orchestra with guts. And that's a thing that I miss from normal academic orchestral performance. It just doesn't have—it's not coming from the lower chakras, do you understand what I'm talking about?



  • From an interview with Craig Eldon Pinkus at the Indiana University Radio-TV Center, April 25, 1974