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Because after all, music, of all the arts, is that that most begins with the fundamental basis of the universe itself.
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But nevertheless, it's music ultimately that matters in opera, and opera is a piece of music reaching out as a vision in sound reaching out to the world.
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However, like the ancient Greek dramas, I want both sides of the brain to be open, you know, I want it to be a full experience.
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However, yes, especially as one gets older, you know, you really hope that your music will become more generally available, even though some of the performances might be riddled with faults.
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I mean, the 7th, the flat 7th which approaches the 7th harmonic, very often comes off sounding like the cry of a frightened child.
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I really write for people.
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I supported myself all during my 20's as a jazz musician, or rather, as a performer, of both contemporary music and jazz.
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I think a lot of composers get into trouble just making up a plot and expecting an audience to follow that.
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I think I was first to do live performances on a modern electronic sound synthesizer.
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I think one of the greatest enemies in the use of technology, however, is the idea that if you use the technology you have to throw other things out of the window.
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I think our culture lost a great, great opportunity when it didn't do more with opera for television in the early years.
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I think the composer and production staff of an opera have a real responsibility to use visual elements of all kinds to make clear to the American audience, at any rate, exactly what is going on.
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I wait until something is really in the shape that I want to make it as a permanent record, because I think of recording as a permanent record.
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I want the audience to be so involved in the sweep of the music.
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I'm thinking in terms of a point of departure, a field of action for performers to express an expressive need of mine which hopefully the context of music would convey.
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I've just simply used what I've used because of the great, great expressive potential of it.
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If you look at the timing of many of the Greek dramas from the theatrical point of view, it's all off, and I think the reason for that is that music played a very important part.
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In other words, I think that if an audience listens to something as an experience of how in tune it is or something of that kind, that the whole point is somehow being missed, and the music has failed.
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It's not important to me to found a school; it's not important to me to have disciples.
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Nevertheless, one doesn't have time to think, oh, well, this is a quarter tone sharp, or flat.
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Not that one shouldn't use all of those technical advantage, but the essence of what's being communicated shouldn't be technology.
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Of course, in opera, you involve the audience so much with action and with what's happening on stage, that the music is the center of that action.
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So, to me, it's a question of not being afraid to embrace the tradition but also not being afraid to dive into boiling oil on occasion.
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The way that I got involved with microtonal music was, frankly, through jazz.
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We need it to capture the energy of contemporary life.
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We need it to express what we feel.
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We need it to express what we hear.
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We need to have as broad a range as possible, because life itself has that kind of range.
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We need to open up the future. We also need to keep everything valuable from the past.
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Well, I can't agree with you more, and I really wish every piece of mine were recorded, and I wish I had spent more time trying to pursue that.
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Well, I definitely felt, and still do feel, that the subjects that you use have to be things that are familiar to an audience.
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Well, let me, first of all, say, that as a microtonal composer, I've never been much of a theorist.
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Well, opera began with an intent to resuscitate Greek drama, that is, modern opera as we know it.
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Well, the very best operas are the ones written by the very best composers.
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What's important for me is to communicate the vision that I have in sound with the audience that's hearing it.
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