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I never made politics. Unless you consider culture as politics: I think we must sustain modernity. And, simply, I tried to open the doors of the theaters to anyone, not only in Milan. We cut the prices for the students, then I conducted La Scala Orchestra in the factories. And in Reggio Emilia, at the "Musica e Realtà" festival, we arranged meeting opened to anyone during the performance. There ...
As a child during WWII, he scrawled "Viva Bartok" on a public wall; the contemporary Hungarian composer was one of his musical idols. During the war, graffiti was often used in Italy for political expression. The authorities saw the foreign name and assumed Bartók was an anti-Fascist activist. They came to Abbado's house, wanting to know who this fellow Bartok was. Abbado showed them a musical ...