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BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 21 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2231
  1. Tony Delamothe
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    “Why do people always expect me to talk about what’s wrong in the Middle East?” asked Daniel Barenboim. “This is what’s right with the Middle East,” he answered, indicating the orchestra he’d just been conducting through a programme of Haydn, Schoenberg, and Brahms. The orchestra was the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded by Barenboim and Palestinian academic Edward Said in 1999 and made up of young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and various Arab countries. Their goal was to enable a dialogue between the various cultures of the Middle East. Visiting the BBC Proms this August, the orchestra received tumultuous applause—for the quality of its playing, certainly, but also for its aspirations.

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