Mikis Theodorakis in an interview with Bruce Duffie

“The symphony are very, very difficult things.  I start to write symphonies when I discovered European music as I was a student in Athens and in Conservatoire de Paris with Messiaen.  The symphony for me is the last great art after the tragedy, after the poetry.  The symphony comes in the eighteenth century, so it is very modern.  For me, it is the fruit of the German realism.  They do architecture with sounds only.  They construct bridges, big bridges.  They form fugue, they form sonata, they form symphony, they form quartet.  But this is very big, only with sound, and is very difficult, I think, for the common people to take — to see the fantasy vision of the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven or the Fifth Symphony of Mahler.  It is very difficult, very difficult.  This is the fruit of the time where there was the big separation between classes, who at this moment had much free time… you know, the princes.  They had all the time hear music; they speak with Beethoven, with Mozart.  Frederick the Great played music with C.P.E. Bach.  This is aristocracy, the aristocracy of music.”  

-Mikis Theodorakis, about composing his symphonies, in the interview with Bruce Duffie  (photo). For the full interview: go here.

Bruce Duffie

Bruce Duffie interviewed many world famous musicians, conductors and composers, like Steve Reich, Pierre Boulez, Philip Glass, Karel Husa, Alfred Reed, John Cage, Ludovico Einaudi, John Luther Adams, John Adams, John Rutter, Luciano Berio, André Previn, Claudio Abbado, Jean Fournet, Antal Dorati, Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Edo de Waart, Leonard Slatkin, Lorin Maazel, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Mariss Jansons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, sir Georg Solti, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Chailly, Maxim Shostakovich, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Bernard Haitink, Ton Koopman, and hundreds more….