The Third Quartet I made the instruments in pairs - Two different pairs - Violin and viola, and violin and cello. They played very different things from each other all through the whole piece.
Silences between movements are employed only in order to bring the opposing duo to the fore.
Right at the end of the war I wrote a piano sonata, which was written at a time when Sam Barber used to come down here and we used to have lunch together in a very nice old hotel that's now not there.
Well when I was young, when I was very young, when I was a little boy I don't remember the music I heard, but there was an article in the Brooklyn Daily written by my Aunt about how I could choose phonograph records.
Almost every one of my various zero numbered birthdays has had a big concert in London and often in Paris.
When I was in Paris, all of the German refugees began to flow in and it was a very sad time.
An auditory scenario for the players to act out with their instruments.
In any case, Ives encouraged me to go into music even though he himself had such a hard time being a composer.
Why write for the orchestra? For one thing it's a very challenging problem.
I mean the public likes it more in Europe than they do here because the state supported organizations have felt that playing contemporary music was part of the education of the public.
The Quartets have been a major part of my work.
These wealthy people were very interested in contemporary music. They wanted to help diffuse it and get it to be known to other people.
Aaron Copland was a man that had a very specific point of view about what music should be which was that, he felt that new music should have the composer should show a personality in his music.
Since I'm allergic to various things, the army wouldn't accept me during the war, and I got into the Office of War Information, which sent music to Europe.
Well I tried to, but I could never write anything that I liked or was worthwhile. I threw it all out and realized that I had to make a serious study- that my tastes were far more advanced than my abilities.
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