Enjoy and reflect on this brief fragment from an interview with George Crumb as he speaks of the journey that each one of us must take to transcend beyond the personal peculiarities in order to come closer to understanding the essence of others. (interviewer: Bruce Duffie) -------------
BD: Let me ask the big philosophical question: what is the purpose of music in society?
GC: Well, [laughs] I’m not sure that I know, really! And I’m not sure that composers involve themselves so much with these very far-reaching questions. Usually it’s a matter of wanting to get something out of your system. You’re just trying to do this, and you hope people like your music when the piece is finished, but that’s out of your hands.
BD: Then what do you expect of the public when they come to hear a piece of yours?
GC: Well, one hopes that everybody listens with open ears; one hopes that the sense of the piece will communicate and that whatever personal stylistic quirks are there won’t interfere with that. It’s natural, as a composer and a human being, to do your own music, and it sometimes takes a while before audiences can get beyond the personal idiosyncrasies and get to what the composer is saying, or trying to say.
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