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Improvisation is terribly haphazard.
I'm really interested in writing a piece of music that will move you, that will really move you. That is really the only reason that I'm writing music.
I think there have been some periods when the writing almost became a bit of a burden.
I think recordings have been a terrific advance because now, when you have a piece of music, particularly something that appears to the listener very complicated, there's really a push to the world to try to figure out what it was that he was hearing.
I distrust anything that you don't hear.
Hopefully, I have a certain amount of what you call musical talent.
By the way, the point between rationality and what we would call the irrational is a very difficult point to establish. There's no specific line, as you know.
By the visual pattern, but mostly I'm guided entirely by my ear, what I hear.
But in the end, music is ultimately an aural art, pure and simple.
Besides merely some pleasure that we get out of the combinations of pitches together and lines, I think that there is some satisfaction that we get in the fact of having this diffuse thing organized very concretely and put onto a frame and have it actually decided.
Because essentially Schoenberg was an extremely gifted man. And in spite of many of his theories and so on, when he really began to write music, he still was guided very much by his internal hearing, by what we call your internal ear.
A person improvising is sometimes very fortunate that just at that second things coincide.
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