Augusta Read Thomas
Elliott – an expert, a leader, a Master – was also an avid learner, facing all new challenges with open and fresh ears – like a beginner.
Rainer Maria Rilke wrote,
“I tell you that I have a long way to go before I am – where one begins….
…be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the
questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in
a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be
given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is,
to live everything. (Emphasis added) Live the questions now. Perhaps
you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into
Resolve to be always beginning – to be a beginner!”
Sophisticated, well-read, captivating, bold, bubbly, charming, Elliott’s quick mind (never boring!) was contagious!
His music, for instance, Variations for Orchestra altered my universe.
Elliott’s polyphonic, dramatic scenarios highlight and inspire the virtuosity and musicality of countless world-class performers. In turn, these spectacular musicians, performing Elliott’s music, consequently arouse creative evolution in civilization. Everyone is enriched. Culture progresses. Music’s eternal quality is its capacity for change, transformation, and renewal.