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  • Hence my obstinate emphasis on stylistic continuity from work to work rather than specific sibling relationships between the individual work and other members of its stylistic 'family' in the world outside.
    (Brian Ferneyhough)

  • Naturally enough, I couldn't have foreseen the vast sea change which has come upon that scene as a result of German reunification and associated events.
    (Brian Ferneyhough)

  • In my model, important interference phenomena arise when individual strata come into contact. These chaotic fluctuations are, I suppose, what my music is really 'about.'
    (Brian Ferneyhough)

  • As a necessary prerequisite to the creation of new forms of expression one might, I suppose, argue that current sensibilities respond uniquely to the notion of exhaustion as exhaustion, although that does de facto seem rather limiting.
    (Brian Ferneyhough)

  • What effect these nine years have had or will have on my composing I really don't know - probably I'll be the last one to find out.
    (Brian Ferneyhough)


  • 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)

  • The past nine years in San Diego have represented such a period of questioning.
    (Brian Ferneyhough)

  • I frequently compose out the entire metric structure of a piece in modified cyclic form, where each cyclic revolution undergoes some form of 'variation' much as if measure lengths were concrete musical 'material.'
    (Brian Ferneyhough)

  • I suppose that the scope and implications of such forces have rendered my personal accounting ritual pretty much obsolete. That's how things sometimes go.
    (Brian Ferneyhough)

  • I assume that relative ratios between different-length measures are to some significant degree appreciable in and of themselves.
    (Brian Ferneyhough)

  • Sometimes one can be so closely involved with things that the larger context is lost to view.
    (Brian Ferneyhough)

  • I'm perplexed, though, by your application of the term 'negative' to my figural imagery.
    (Brian Ferneyhough)

  • When I speak of "cycles," I am referring to lengthy intervals of relative homogeneity, if not in the resolving of problems, than at least with respect to the consistency of their capacity to productively irritate.
    (Brian Ferneyhough)

  • If nothing is at risk, nothing is established.
    (Brian Ferneyhough)

  • So: we're all tired. Now what? Manuscripts written in Club Med?
    (Brian Ferneyhough)


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