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?"


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