Art in relation to life is nothing more than a glove turned inside out. It seems to have the same shapes and contours, but it can never be used for the same purpose. Art teaches nothing about life, just as life teaches us nothing about art.
I never feel that my music is sparse or minimalist; the way fat people never really think they're fat. I certainly don't consider myself minimalist at all.
I've been living with the minor second all my life and I finally found a way to handle it.
For me it's the instrument. If I want to think of a flute and the state of the arts I hear a vibrato; I don't know what a flute is unless the person plays it for me.
I want to give my compliments to Australia. Ever since your government paid a few million dollars for a Jackson Pollack painting, I figure that it must be a marvellous country.
After all, Jews invented psychiatry to help other Jews become Gentiles.
Music is essentially built upon primitive memory structures.
Since music has never had a Rembrandt, we have remained nothing more than musicians.
Most music is metaphor, but Wolff is not. I am not metaphor either. Parable, maybe. Cage is sermon.
Music can imply the infinite if enough things depart from the norm far enough. Strange abnormal events can lead to the feeling that anything can happen, and you have a music with no boundaries.
The composer makes plans, music laughs.
...The tragedy of music is that it begins with perfection.
To understand what music has to be, you have to live for music. Who's ready to do that?
Do we have anything in music for example that really wipes everything out? That just cleans everything away?
If you think you might have secret information listening to me, you're lost.