Richard Haass who serves as the President on the Council on Foreign Relations, America’s leading think tank on foreign policy, has had a distinguished career. Most recently he was the Director of Policy Planning for the State Department and earlier served as Special Assistant to the first President Bush.
In this interview with “Mad About Music” host Gilbert Kaplan, Haass reveals the enduring power of music in his life:
- How meeting legendary pianist Emil Gilels also introduced him to Beethoven’s “Waldstein Sonata”, now a favorite.
- Asked to pick his favorite love song for the upcoming Valentine’s Day, he picked “Old Devil Moon” sung by Frank Sinatra.
- Drinking at a British pub called “The Trout” introduced him also to Schubert’s “Trout Quintet”.
- Why he doesn’t connect to the music of either Debussy or Tchaikovsky (too much “schmaltz”)
- In his youth, his career goal was to one day join The Kingston Trio. Today his fantasy is to be a star oboe player.
- His musical choices include works by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Saint Saëns.