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Arturo Toscanini
(1867-1957) born on
Mar 25
Italian conductor. He is considered by many as one of the great virtuoso conductors of the first half of the 20th century.
When I was young, I kissed my first woman, and smoked my first cigarette on the same day. I have never had time for tobacco since.

Can't you read? The score demands "con amore," and what are you doing? You are playing it like married men!
God tells me how the music should sound, but "you," stand in the way.
If you want to please the critics, don't play too loud, too soft, too fast, too slow.
After I die, I shall return to earth as a gatekeeper of a bordello and I won't let any of you - not a one of you - enter!
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Macmillan Dictionary of Quotations," by John Daintith, 1989.
R: Criticizing the playing of an Austrian orchestra during rehearsal; attributed.
A: To a trumpet player; in NY "Times," 11 Apr 1954.
N: To Vladimir Horowitz.
K: Rebuking an incompetent orchestra; in "The Maestro: The Life of Arturo Toscanini," by Howard Taubman.

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