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#1. The American new music scene is remarkably vibrant. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#2. While I believe there is certainly a phenomenon of timelessness in art, the people writing today are of course uniquely qualified to comment on their own time. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#3. As a young composer I had a particular fondness for Liszt's Beethoven Symphony arrangements for the piano, and to this day I enjoy playing non-piano music at the piano. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#4. The visual and literary arts are of perennial interest to me, and these art forms have become more and more a part of my life; they have become companions of sorts. I cannot imagine my day to day experiences without the presence of these art forms. They're absolutely essential. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#5. I enjoy the challenge of taking something which was not meant for the piano, distilling its essence and writing or improvising it for/at the piano, but having the listener forget that he or she is listening to a piano. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#6. I think the tendency to paint composers or styles of music with too broad a brush - for example, identifying composers as writers of "simple" or "complex" music - has become increasingly problematic and is almost never productive. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#7. Of course, all people have their own reasons for believing what they do about gender. In my case, in over two decades of collaborating with men and women in music - conductors or otherwise - I have seen no distinction. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#8. The proliferation of new music groups and individual performers focusing on new music today is heartening. On the one hand the culture is very resistant to new things, and yet it continues to change and grow. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#9. I don't think the role of the critic has changed very much. In the most positive sense, the music critic is one who helps the public navigate what's out there, especially in bringing attention to things they otherwise wouldn't hear about, or to provide a new window into something familiar. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#10. Many critics have become de facto teachers. That is a lot of responsibility, and I think it should be wielded with care. Most people appreciate sincere guidance. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#11. Mazur was a remarkable artist. During our time in Rome we became friends. I would often perform my works for him at the piano. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#12. A healthy dialogue is always good. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#13. If people want insights, if they want to swim in the currents of their own time and share the experiences of their time, then it makes sense to engage with the artists of one's own time. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#14. The best critics leave the reader curious to pursue something further, but still to let the reader have his or her own honest, unique opinion. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#15. Just as all pop music is not simplistic, not all contemporary concert music is complex. Often what a person connects with goes much deeper than generalized issues of simplicity and complexity. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#16. If somebody responds positively to what I'm doing - if there is a connection - that can be very meaningful. If someone reacts with displeasure, confusion, hostility, well, that is not pleasant, and can often be upsetting. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#17. The work of Liszt I most admire is the music he wrote toward the end of his life. This is often music of tremendous inventiveness. The music seems to be seeking something. It tends to be restless, unpredictable, often very sad. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#18. A critic can serve as guide. I think there's an understanding amongst the public that critics have their own preferences and dislikes. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#19. Part of what makes music so interesting is the lack of consensus on just about any given topic. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#20. A lot of my approach to the instrument, especially as I've gotten older, is to treat the piano in ways that are not very pianistic - to consider the sounds I'm after first, and to deal with technical considerations later. Liszt taught me a lot in this respect. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#21. I don't think performance out of duty yields very much. Coercion is never the way to go. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#22. The best results come when people believe in and feel strongly about the music they are playing. Just as composers write for certain types of performers, performers are also looking for certain things. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#23. I write because the act of writing itself is what drives me. It's a private communication within myself - nothing more or less. This doesn't mean I do not want to share with people. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#24. I was fortunate to work with Corigliano for a few years in the mid nineties. Meeting and working with him during those formative years was an important experience. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#25. My interactions with musicians have been simply that: interactions with musicians. Issues of gender, or anything else beyond the music-making, have in my experience played no role in whether or not a musician has been able to articulate my intentions as a composer. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#26. My own goals center around writing the best music that I can, and only I can determine whether or not I've succeeded in accomplishing that. - Author: Michael Hersch
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#27. George Rochberg once said that 'to be a composer, you need to have fire in the belly, fire in the brain, but most importantly, an iron stomach.' I feel this is for the most part true, and hope I might convey something of it to younger composers. - Author: Michael Hersch
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