Now there is no taboo; everything is allowed. But one cannot simply go back to tonality, it’s not the way. We must find a way of neither going back nor continuing the avant-garde. I am in a prison: one wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape.
Then, after the war it was impossible to travel, after so many years of Hitler and Stalin.
Stravinsky used Mother Goose. He was influenced by Mother Goose, indirectly, but very beautifully
I don't read such boring things. Life is too short.
Well I live in Vienna with my wife and son, and I teach in Hamburg, there will be no changes in that respect.
I write bars, for the musicians, because they have to be together.
I continued to study Math and Physics on my own, but one and a half years later I realized that I did want to be a composer, and after that I never changed my mind.
Yes, fractals are what I want to find in my music.
There was a very famous musician in our family. He was a great violinist, an internationally known teacher. He was Leopold Auer.
There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry.
In my piano concerto I developed this polyphony to much higher complexity
Once, in London, the BBC asked me what was my favorite English book. I said Alice in Wonderland
New York is the dream world, the center of jazz and rock
I think a composer is always interested in his last work.
My grandfather was not a musician but he was an artist - a painter, a decorative painter.
People often thought Leopold Auer was Russian because he lived in St. Petersburg so long, almost fifty years.
I only want to give a metaphysic for my music.
I was fifteen years old, and I hardly knew how to play a simple Bach prelude on the piano when I began to compose music, and at the most advanced level. I had never studied such things as harmony.
I know already the music I will write. But the words? I have not yet decided.
I think it was when I was nineteen, by that time the Jewish laws were already in force and the split was beginning to come about which isolated the Jewish culture.
I don't use old music.
First of all I listen to music. I like music.
I listen to all kinds of music - new music, old music, music of my colleagues, everything.
In January 1944 I was called up by the Forced Labor Service, but I deserted on October 10, 1944.
For the past ten years I have had no financial problems.
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