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
First of all I listen to music. I like music.
I only want to give a metaphysic for my music.
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.
Yes, fractals are what I want to find in my music.
I know already the music I will write. But the words? I have not yet decided.
I don't read such boring things. Life is too short.
I write bars, for the musicians, because they have to be together.
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 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.
But if you go from Moscow to Budapest you think you are in Paris.
I think a composer is always interested in his last work.
Well I live in Vienna with my wife and son, and I teach in Hamburg, there will be no changes in that respect.
Perhaps the better word is emotional yes, I am an emotional man
I don't use old music.
It isn't false modesty when I say this, but although I am supposed to be a famous person it doesn't mean anything to me. I just sit at home and work.
I listen to all kinds of music - new music, old music, music of my colleagues, everything.
There was a very famous musician in our family. He was a great violinist, an internationally known teacher. He was Leopold Auer.
When I was younger I was completely without money - when I was studying in Budapest, when I was a refugee
Once, in London, the BBC asked me what was my favorite English book. I said Alice in Wonderland
However, I began composing as soon as I started taking piano lessons.
But I do not want to use Hungarian verses for British people.
There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry.
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