Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self consciousness.
When I speak of the gifted listener, I am thinking of the nonmusician primarily, of the listener who intends to retain his amateur status. It is the thought of just such a listener that excites the composer in me.
The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is' My answer to that would be, 'No.'
Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.
So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.
There is something about music that keeps its distance even at the moment that it engulfs us. It is at the same time outside and away from us and inside and part of us. In one sense it dwarfs us, and in another we master it. We are led on and on, and yet in some strange way we never lose control.
If a literary man puts together two words about music, one of them will be wrong.
Listening to the Fifth Symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams is like staring at a cow for forty-five minutes
Don't ever let him near a microphone.
A melody is not merely something you can hum
I hope my recordings of my own works won't inhibit other people's performances. The brutal fact is that one doesn't always get the exact tempo one wants, although one improves with experience.
If you want to know about the Sixties, play the music of The Beatles.