Pau Casals i Defilló (1876 - 1973) was a great cellist, teacher, director and Catalan composer. His greatest contribution to the world of music was innovation in the interpretation with the cello, which was later adopted by all cellists in the world.
Pau Casals has been one of the most talented cellists of the twentieth century. Recognized internationally as one of the best performers and orchestra conductors of his time, he continues to be today a reference musical icon.
As a cellist, he brought innovative changes in the execution of the cello, which he became a great solo instrument. As director and teacher, he was also looking for the expressive depth, the musical essence that he reached with the cello. Fritz Kreisler defined him as "the king of the bow" and Eugene Ormandy said of Pau Casals: "He is not only the greatest cellist, but possibly the most extraordinary living musician in the world."
His interpretation of “The cant dels ocells” (The song of the birds) has become a symbol of peace and freedom throughout the world, and much more significantly within Catalan modernism.
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Famous phrases of Pau Casals
The earth becomes heaven when you release your fear. The main thing in life is not to be afraid of being human.
We must think that we are one of the leaves of a tree, and the tree is all mankind. We cannot live without each other, without the tree.
My contribution to the peace of the world may be scarce, but I will have given everything I can to achieve an ideal that I consider sacred.
I feel that the ability to worry is what gives life its deepest meaning.
I am a very simple man. I am a man first, an artist later. My first obligation is for the welfare of my neighbor. I will strive to fulfill this obligation through music, as it transcends language, politics and national borders.
I hate having lived in a time where the law of men is to kill.
The heart of the melody cannot be put on paper.
If the situation has no remedy, we must take the next step.
Each person has a basic decency and goodness. If you listen to them and act on them, you are giving much of what the world needs most. It is not complicated, but it requires courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to their own goodness and act accordingly.
You can't separate music from life.
Man has created many machines, complex and cunning, but which of them competes with the functioning of his heart?
For everyone, you could be just one person, but for one person you could be the whole world.
I have no hobbies. I have passions.
I was born with a gift. I don't deserve any special honor.
The child must know that it is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world it has not existed, and until the end of the world there will be no other child like him.
The music was like a sea in which I swam like a small fish.
Every second we live is a new and unique moment in the universe, a moment that will never come back ...
I do not believe that a day will pass in my life in which I do not look again at the miracle of nature.
My father, it was he who instilled in me the love of music.
You must work as we all must work to make the world worthy of your children.
The greatest respect that an artist can pay to music is to give it life.
Who is responsible more than the artist, the defense of freedom so essential for his creative work?
Tell the world things that are true.
A pumpkin as a sounding board was my first cello.
Parents should not lie to their children, even when they think it is for their own good. Even a little lie is dangerous ...
The most important thing in music is what is not in the notes.
I used to think that at eighty you were very old. I am now ninety. I don't believe this anymore. As long as you are able to admire and love, you are young.
Music ... transcends the boundaries of language, politics and nations.
Living is not enough; We must participate.
The love of the country is a splendid thing. But why does love end at the border?
Music is the divine way of saying beautiful and poetic things to the heart.
The most perfect technique is the one that is not noticeable at all.
I urge musicians from all over the world to put the purity of their art at the service of humanity to unite men in the same fraternal bond.
The cello is like a beautiful woman who has not aged, but is younger over time, more slender, more flexible and more graceful.
Do we dare to be ourselves? That is the question that counts.
The art of interpretation is not interpreting what is written.
Don't be vain because you have talent. You are not responsible for that; What you do with your talent is what matters.
Music must serve a purpose; it must be part of something bigger than her, a part of humanity ...
Yes it's correct. I am a miracle. I am a miracle as a tree is a miracle, as a flower is a miracle. Now, if I'm a miracle, can I do something wrong? I can't, because I'm a miracle.
We are not free to walk on the toes of our neighbors.
The only weapons I have are the baton and the cello.
Any war is terrible, but a civil war is even more so. It is the fight of a neighbor against another neighbor, of a brother against a brother ...
Every mistake seems possible today, and is accepted. I do not accept it.
Music, this wonderful universal language should be a source of communication between all men.
To withdraw is to begin to die.
Real understanding does not come from what we learn in books; It comes from what we learn from love of nature, music, man. Because only what is learned in that way is really understood.
For me, Bach is like Shakespeare. He knew everything and felt everything. He is all.
The first thing you should do in life is to do with strength what you have to do.
I feel that the ability to care is what gives life its deepest meaning.
Bach's miracle has not appeared in any other art. Stripping human nature until leaving its divine attributes blank, informing ordinary activities with spiritual fervor, giving wings of eternity to what is most ephemeral; make divine and human things divine; such is Bach, the greatest and purest moment of music of all time.
The person who works and never gets bored is never old. Work and interest in things that are worthwhile are the best remedy for age.
You enter music as you enter religion.
Maybe he is the oldest musician in the world ... but in many ways I am still a young man. This is what I wish you to be: young, young, all your life, and that you tell the truths to the world.