Daniel Barenboim drops a phone

He’s at the Syndey Opera House if you need to reach him.

Daniel Barenboim, from his seat by a rehearsal piano in the Sydney Opera House, reaches out to grab my phone.

His movement is fast but unrushed. He asks permission to hold it above the floor. “Silence is like the law of gravity,” he begins, “in order to produce sound, you have to keep giving it energy.”

Then he drops the phone. It makes a thud as it lands on the floor.  “Every note that you don’t sustain falls into silence. It’s dead,” he says…

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  • ==Every note that you don’t sustain falls into silence. It’s dead,”==

    Er yes, master of the obvious. In this respect Barenboim reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock and Stockhausen, all men of quicksilver intelligence who make / made ponderous (and often very slowly spoken) pronouncements that sound as if they’re weighty but really very commonplace and easy for the listener to digest.

  • Like much of the Left, Barenboim is totally deluded about the so-called ‘rise of nationalism’. If you invite the world into Europe without the peoples’ say-so or any form of discrimination you get the people closing into themselves. He hasn’t got the wit to understand any of this because he’s so ideological. It’s his religion.

  • The secret of powerful communication is to make your points in such a way that everyone finds them clear, and even obvious. Even if they had not realised it before you spoke.

  • It is the lack of humility that Barenboim finds most contemptible.
    I suggest this man visit a house of mirrors.

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