Bruno Monsaingeon - Mlle Nadia Boulanger,
"It seems to me that the one quality lacking in many people is attention, which is, essentially, a form of character. With some people there is such concentration that everything becomes important—while with others, everything passes and is forgotten. They repeat their actions from day to day. No evolution is possible because whatever is produced immediately dissolves. Then, there are people who take 20, 40, 50 years to find what they are looking for…this is the fundamental distinction between people. It makes some extraordinarily active, and others what I call ‘sleepers.’ Let the sleepers lie—there is no point in waking them. They are nice; they are happy with themselves."
- Nadia Boulanger
If you love Shosty, consider checking out Oliver Becker’s documentary on the composer; it’s an hour well-spent. The video presented here is the first of six segments on Youtube.
Discussion topic: What would Shostakovich say about SOPA, I wonder?