Is music something intellectual? Or something for the "broad masses"? You may have a clear opinion about this. However, generations of composers have argued about this question - and are still arguing today. The US composer Samuel Barber (1910 - 1981) is one of the few who took a clear stand.
How does one become successful as a composer? Very simple, says Gian Carlo Menotti: wait until you are 90 years old.
What is the task of the left hand in conducting? Richard Strauss, a famous conductor and composer of the 19th and 20th centuries, had a clear opinion on this.
“The most necessary and the hardest and most important thing in music is the tempo.” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote this in 1777 in a letter to his father. Is it still true today?