I decided to write what was most important for me

One thing I can’t understand is why people have such trouble with modern music. It seems to me to be perfectly intelligible. When I hear one of my pieces again, or listen to the record, I don’t see why people could find this perplexing in any way. Yet audiences can’t make head or tail of it... I finally said the hell with that whole point of view and decided to write what I really always hoped to write, and what I thought was most important for me. I’ve taken that point of view ever since.
That quote comes from Elliott Carter who has died aged 103. I used it in a discussion preceding a concert of his music by the Britten Sinfonia in 2009. The text of my introduction, titled A Radical Traditionalist is here, and the discussion of Carter’s music with the concert's soloists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich can be heard here.

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