Saturday, June 18, 2011

Into great noise

'I am accustomed to having to compose under a strained variety of practical conditions, but the different external noises of those ambiences have had no discernible influence. I prefer to compose in a room whose quiet is disturbed only by the, relatively, nonmusical noises of a game, preferably football, on the television.'
That is Milton Babbitt, who is seen above, quoted in Three Questions for Sixty-Five Composers by Bálint András Varga. The newly published English translation of this book is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary music and looks set to become a fixture On An Overgrown Path for quite a while. Into Great Silence is here and Jonathan Harvey on Milton Babbitt is here.

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