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Yes, I get a report from BMI about the frequency of performances, and it is very surprising. They played one of my most advanced pieces,…
Then, when the Depression came, all of this changed completely. Since that time, the entire public is of a very different sort and there was…
The Third Quartet I made the instruments in pairs – Two different pairs – Violin and viola, and violin and cello. They played very different…
That was one of the big problems when I was at Harvard studying music. We had to write choral pieces in the style of Brahms…
I mean the public likes it more in Europe than they do here because the state supported organizations have felt that playing contemporary music was…
Since I’m allergic to various things, the army wouldn’t accept me during the war, and I got into the Office of War Information, which sent…
Aaron Copland was a man that had a very specific point of view about what music should be which was that, he felt that new…
Well I tried to, but I could never write anything that I liked or was worthwhile. I threw it all out and realized that I…
Why write for the orchestra? For one thing it’s a very challenging problem.
These wealthy people were very interested in contemporary music. They wanted to help diffuse it and get it to be known to other people.
The Quartets have been a major part of my work.
Talking about a materialistic thing, I get about 13 times more royalties from Europe than I do from America.
Silences between movements are employed only in order to bring the opposing duo to the fore.
It was only later on that I became more interested in older music.
In any case, Ives encouraged me to go into music even though he himself had such a hard time being a composer.
I’ve known those pieces ever since I was about 16 or 17; I also at that time was taken to meet Charles Ives whom I…
Almost every one of my various zero numbered birthdays has had a big concert in London and often in Paris.
An auditory scenario for the players to act out with their instruments.
My entire life has really revolved around music that was written about the time that I was born, 1908, to just before the First World…
Well when I was young, when I was very young, when I was a little boy I don’t remember the music I heard, but there…
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