Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Quote of the Day (Anne-Sophie Mutter, on What Musicians Can Learn From Roger Federer)

“Art has to do with self-doubt, renewing yourself, being open to all the possibilities of perceiving music, pursuing music, having great joy on stage, sharing music. That should be the goal above anything: communicating being there in the moment, giving it your all. Of course, you are aiming for technical perfection because that’s the groundwork from which you can take off like a bird. That’s like being an athlete. [Retired Swiss tennis great] Federer has been exemplary and a great inspiration for me personally because he always brought so much passion, precision, joy and persistence to his game. That pretty much sums up what being an artist is about.”— German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, quoted by Ariane Todes, “Master of the Strings: Mutter on Tennis’s Roger Federer,” BBC Music Magazine, June 2023

The photo accompanying this post was taken of Roger Federer serving during the Qatar Exxonmobil Open in Doha, on January 4, 2012, by Vinod Divakaran.

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