On a Pacific Aisle
Notes from the left coast by the classical music critic of the San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Karlheinz Stockhausen R.I.P.
Stockhausen features in one of my all-time favorite composer-meets-composer stories, but unfortunately not as the hero. Still, I can't resist sharing, and trusting that it takes nothing away from today's well-merited eulogies.
The narrator is Morton Feldman.
Stockhausen asked for my secret, "What's your secret?" And I said, "I don't have any secret, but if I do have a point of view, it's that sounds are very much like people. And if push them, they push you back. So, if I have a secret: Don't push the sounds around."
Karlheinz leans over to me and says: "Not even a little bit?"