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With respect to the respective French and German traditions you are no doubt correct, although I am reluctant to see individual achievement reduced to archetypes. Brian Ferneyhough#Achievement 70
Brian Ferneyhough#Achievement 70
Questioning the nature and implications of liminal instances necessarily involves failure, if only in the specifically technical sense of entering spaces where prevailing criteria of success scarcely apply. Brian Ferneyhough#Success 62
Brian Ferneyhough#Success 62
If nothing is at risk, nothing is established. Brian Ferneyhough#Established 52
Brian Ferneyhough#Established 52
Actually, most things I say in public lead more or less directly to my own compositional practice, so I should be careful about generalizing lest they come back to haunt me. Brian Ferneyhough#Careful 52
Brian Ferneyhough#Careful 52
There would seem to be a limit, even for an art preoccupied with boundaries and transgressions, beyond which a work reaches its breaking point and becomes an actual failure, a mere experimentation. Brian Ferneyhough#Actual 47
Brian Ferneyhough#Actual 47
This was possible only by dint of extended periods of frequently quite painful reflection and digestion. Brian Ferneyhough#Digestion 47
Brian Ferneyhough#Digestion 47
Certainly being in California has encouraged a sustained commitment to rethinking the nature, purposes, and relevance of the contemporary arts, specifically music, for a society which by and large seems to manage quite well without them. Brian Ferneyhough#Society 46
Brian Ferneyhough#Society 46
By reason of weird translation, many such sets of instructions read like poems anyhow. Brian Ferneyhough#Anyhow 45
Brian Ferneyhough#Anyhow 45
My own position is, that it is largely up to the work itself to suggest the nature of these referential points without dimensions in and through the processes by which the distance between them is maintained. Brian Ferneyhough#Between 44
Brian Ferneyhough#Between 44
The Western musical canon came about not merely by accumulation, but by opposition and subversion, both to the ruling powers on whom composers depended for their livelihoods and to other musics. Brian Ferneyhough#Came 43
Brian Ferneyhough#Came 43
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