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1981 - 1988: The laureate years
13 November 2008 marked the 20th Anniversary of the death of Antal Doráti (1906-1988). Out of respect we are taking the liberty of reproducing a page from our book, Antal Dorati and the joy of making music, which was published in 2006.

By 1981 the young firebrand of earlier years had matured, painfully and painstakingly through many stages to a point when he could reach out both to musicians and public alike and share his own hard-earned experience and his carefully garnered wisdom without the exacting responsibility of being either Musical Director or Chief Conductor of any particular orchestra.

Without relaxing standards, his approach became less driven, more trusting of the moment and without a trace of self indulgence his conducting style eased into something more reflective of what could be achieved by suggestion, rather than simply by demanding results without question. Indeed one might venture to say that he no longer saw himself as being there to provide answers but rather to pose questions, to leave us wondering at the generosity and the sheer delight of sharing music together.

His own last composition, Paternoster, written only weeks before his death in 1988 is ample evidence of how far

he had travelled, refining and distilling as he went.

Short, saying no more but no less than needs to be said, it is both age-less and timeless and utterly devoid of any distraction. Paternoster is and it remains a testament to life for us all.

GR, 2006

pater noster qui es in caelis sanctific etur nomen tuum. adveniat regnum tuum fiat vo luntas tua sicut incae lo et in terra panem nostrum quoti dianu m da nodis hodie et di mitte nobis de bita nos tra sicut et nos dimit timus debitoribus nost ris et ne nos inducas in tentationem sed libera nos a malo. qui tuum est regnum et potest as et gloria in saecula.