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The fact that Stravinsky used the classics as a major influence is obvious. What is interesting is how he used them, how he turned Bach…
To me, Mozart is our Shakespeare, the one who wrote the most dramatic, psychologically most baffling music. He combined ideas that no one else would…
The best way to investigate the elusive phenomenon called the creative process may well be to target all the misconceptions, to explain what the creative…
My students frequently ask what their next project should be. My advice: immerse yourself in the music you love and you will find what you…
The creative act is like writing a letter. A letter is a project; you don’t sit down to write a letter unless you know what…
Most artists have experienced the creative block. We get stuck in our work. We beat our head against the wall: nothing. Sometimes, it is because…
It is the element I miss in electronic music – no performance, no loving immersion. Maybe that is why I was never particularly drawn to…
I strongly suggest that we play down basics like who influenced whom, and instead study the way the influence is transformed, in other words: how…
Why do we pigeonhole and label an artist? It is a sure way of missing the important, the contradictory, the things that make him or…
Truth is a big concept.
Truth implies meaning.
To understand Mozart’s contradictory qualities would indeed be to understand genius.
In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration began to replace the word idea in the arts.
Since age seven, I’ve been composing and have never stopped composing, yet, the creative process is as elusive to me as it has ever been.
If one uses music that one does not really love, then one will not succeed in making it one’s own.
I still do not know where the notes will come from when I accept a commission for a new work.
I don’t dare postulate about science, but I know that it takes both emotion and intellect in order for art to happen.
Any creator owes a debt to past creation.
Yes, influences are enriching, and they can be found in every work of art, even the most original.
To come to grips with creativity, I must ask creative, adventurous questions – the kind which, in all likelihood, cannot be answered.
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