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.
Stravinsky used Mother Goose. He was influenced by Mother Goose, indirectly, but very beautifully
Then, after the war it was impossible to travel, after so many years of Hitler and Stalin.
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.
But if you go from Moscow to Budapest you think you are in Paris.
I only want to give a metaphysic for my music.
Well I live in Vienna with my wife and son, and I teach in Hamburg, there will be no changes in that respect.
I don't read such boring things. Life is too short.
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.
When I was younger I was completely without money - when I was studying in Budapest, when I was a refugee
I write bars, for the musicians, because they have to be together.
Yes, fractals are what I want to find in my music.
Perhaps the better word is emotional yes, I am an emotional man
There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry.
First of all I listen to music. I like music.
I know already the music I will write. But the words? I have not yet decided.
I think a composer is always interested in his last work.
People often thought Leopold Auer was Russian because he lived in St. Petersburg so long, almost fifty years.
I don't use old 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.
My grandfather was not a musician but he was an artist - a painter, a decorative painter.
I listen to all kinds of music - new music, old music, music of my colleagues, everything.
For the past ten years I have had no financial problems.
But I do not want to use Hungarian verses for British people.
I lived under the Nazis and under the Communists.
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