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After working with Ligeti I began to hear Brahms and Beethoven differently.
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Anyone who composes and conducts at the same time is immediately suspect, because he must be faking one or the other.
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As we watch TV or films, there are no organic transitions, only edits. The idea of A becoming B, rather than A jumping to B, has become foreign.
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Certain spaces behind the orchestra were too reverberant, so we were able to replace them with other material.
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Composing is as important to me now as it was 20 years ago. I still think it's impossible to work on both sides simultaneously.
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Every day we make more progress toward understanding the concert hall.
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Great composers lived and worked in Los Angeles. Stravinsky settled there longer than anywhere, and Schoenberg left a legacy of students from teaching there.
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I always had, deep down, a slight aversion toward the purely cerebral in music.
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I arrived at what I was writing during the second half of the '90s.
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I can only say now, which I couldn't have said in 1984: I love to conduct.
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I can't imagine how many first performances I've done, perhaps 500. Some of them have been very good, and some of course very bad.
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I did miss was the energy of the meeting of 100 people and the adrenaline of the concert experience.
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I discovered that the people of the North are different and there's no way you can make a person from the North similar to a Southerner. They're two different worlds.
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I don't believe in an annual dose of film music for the sake of it being film music. If we program film music, it will be because there is a real artistic reason for doing so.
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I don't deny the news, but before an official press release has been issued I cannot further comment.
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I feel very free and very happy to be a composer.
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I know many film composers in the industry. In terms of real collaboration, though, there has been little.
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I listened to a lot of chamber music at home. I went to a lot of LA Philharmonic concerts.
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I love a visceral sound, the kind that hits you in the belly.
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I really missed the physical contact with Brahms, Stravinsky. I ended up going to a lot of concerts.
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I started out as a horn player and a composer very early on.
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I thought, Maybe one day I'll be able to write something that comes from me rather than trying to relate to existing schools or categories or camps.
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I want to have a part of my vocabulary that allows me a range of expression based on clarity not of prime importance, but color instead.
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I was surprised. I thought I would get more criticism for being a conductor.
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I'm still disturbed if a chord isn't together, but your priorities change as you get older.
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I've learned a lot from the masters of orchestration, like Ravel and Stravinsky.
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I've missed harmonic identity, the kind of harmony that has a very precise identity.
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If the seams are showing, there is something wrong with the performance or the construction of the piece. This idea is completely at odds with our modern visual experience, because everything today is based on montage.
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In Europe, there is so much tradition, and everyone has established ideas as to what art should be and what it has always been.
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In the range of music that we play - roughly 300 years' worth-there really are more similarities than differences.
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It's a constant battle. I'm in the process of modifying my schedule so I can write one big piece per year. If I could write half an hour's worth of music a year, that would be fine.
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Los Angeles is just a more open place. The way L.A. functions is that people give you a forum. They say, Show us what you can do.
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Music has just as much to do with movement and body as it does soul and intellect.
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My music wouldn't sound the way it does if I hadn't had the experience of conducting.
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Once you get over the first hill, there is always a new, higher one lurking, of course.
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Orchestras have become used to the emphasis on the separation of layers, of the ultimate precision and clarity.
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Our audience gets quite a bit of film music in the Hollywood Bowl every summer. If we do film music downtown, it will likely be part of a special project.
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Our orchestra has now become important. Ticket sales have skyrocketed; people in Los Angeles can take on a whole new awareness of what music can add to the quality of life.
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People have largely forgiven the fact that I have a double existence.
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Pulse as an active means of expression, Stravinsky and Beethoven are the two masters of that.
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Stravinsky is masterly: his harmony is conceived so precisely that it can only be the way it is.
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Stravinsky's home was up for sale some years ago. Because there had only been one owner since Stravinsky, there was still the same carpet on the floor of his studio, with the marks remaining from his grand piano.
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The act of conducting in itself, of waving my arms in the air and being in charge, I didn't miss. I missed the sensual pleasure of being in contact with music.
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The beautiful thing about the hall is the realism of the sound. We can place a single player anywhere, and that musician's playing will be perfectly audible.
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The establishment conductors weren't really interested, so I was more or less voted in as conductor.
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The modern concert hall that comes closest, in terms of ideology, at least, is the Berlin Philharmonie.
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The music I turn out these days is the kind of music I want to hear myself.
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The Northern idea of form is more of a process. The various units of the form overlap. You can't tell where some things stop and new things start. This is typical of Sibelius.
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The players never think they project enough. In a hall that seats 3,300 people, it's a very scary thing to play so quietly that you can barely hear yourself.
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The Royal Festival Hall in London is nice; people hang out there. I think this inviting, non-exclusive character is very important.
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The season with the LA Philharmonic will continue as normal for the time being. No great changes are expected in the immediate future.
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The sound was my greatest concern. There were certain difficulties getting used to the way every musician can hear his or herself, the way each of them relates to the musician in the next seat.
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The underlying process in Northern music tends to be slower and continuous, whatever's happening on the surface; in Southern music the underlying process is always faster.
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There is more openness in LA to possibilities than on the East Coast of America. There is a pioneering spirit there that stems from the reason people went out there in the first place-to find something new.
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There is such a suspicion in today's world of people who do more than one thing, who aren't specialized.
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There should be more collaboration between different art forms, film being one of them.
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There will have to be times when I'm not conducting because I'm composing. I haven't solved that problem, and perhaps I never will.
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This conducting thing happened. In 1983 I was sucked into this international career, which was a very scary experience.
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This continuity of sound and form was something that I became really interested in from working with Ligeti. He was always going on about how form has to be continuous.
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This country, and the West Coast, especially, is bad at preserving any cultural legacy.
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This is the kind of repertoire that you can record these days. It would be much harder to talk a record company into doing a complete Brahms cycle.
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We found a certain detrimental echo in parts of the hall: you hit a certain note once, but you heard it twice.
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We've been able to involve people from outside the Philharmonic community. It's nice to see community pride in these composers.
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What I've missed in many performances is pulse; we've somehow lost that.
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When I was younger, I was just trying to keep it together. I felt like a failure if there was a chord that wasn't perfectly together.
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When new players come into the orchestra, they naturally blend in with the sound the group is making.
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When we're at the end of The Rite of Spring or of a Bruckner symphony, I want people to feel the music physically.
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With American orchestras, in particular, because they play in such huge halls, getting a true pianissimo is very hard.
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