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Brian Ferneyhough Quotes

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

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

If nothing is at risk, nothing is established.
- 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

 

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

Composers dialogue - and obsessively,
bitterly argue - with other composers,
often over the span of several centuries.
- Brian Ferneyhough

I would not say that I was, these days,
a 'student' of philosophy, although in my youth I was
quite deeply involved with certain aspects of the British pragmatists.
- Brian Ferneyhough

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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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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

The idea of 'machine assemblage' is,
especially,
very alien to my sensibility, since it suggests a relative
indifference of the strata to one another during the process of construction.
- Brian Ferneyhough

When I left Europe in 1987 I did so with the thought
that my relevance as a composition teacher would benefit
from a certain cool distance to certain tendencies
I had been observing for several years with increasing disquiet.
- Brian Ferneyhough

If the work of art is to continue pursuing the vision
of both being in and of the world but nevertheless
in some fashion being more than just one more object to the mounting clutter,
this is the specific point, I think,
where this must be assured.
- Brian Ferneyhough

This was possible only by dint of extended periods
of frequently quite painful reflection and digestion.
- Brian Ferneyhough

I don't see 'lines of force' as being destructive,
except to the extent that they are exclusively traceable
through observance of the path of distorted material left in their wake.
- Brian Ferneyhough

In my own recent String Trio I attempt to superimpose
two quite different sets of formal strategies,
both of which, ultimately, refer back to historical precedent.
- Brian Ferneyhough

It is still true that it is easier to compose a poem
in the form of a manual for adjusting a VCR than it
is to write a piece using just tuning as a symphony.
- Brian Ferneyhough

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

Sometimes one can be so closely involved with things
that the larger context is lost to view.
- 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

What makes a specific quality or quantity of innovation
retain its intense newness over the years?
- 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

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

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

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

In any case, the fewer boundaries that exist hindering
free movement between all forms of articulate human cognition,
the better.
- Brian Ferneyhough

Why, in such a case, should the performer essay any
sort of considered approach at all?
- Brian Ferneyhough

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

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

By reason of weird translation, many such sets of instructions read like poems anyhow.
- 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

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

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

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

I am certainly not arguing for the de facto autonomy of the individual work,
even though there is much to be said for making the
attempt to see it in that light as one facet of the reception process.
- Brian Ferneyhough

Other composers have taken this particular technique
much further than I in the meantime,
with the result that the Law of Diminishing Returns has begun to apply.
- Brian Ferneyhough

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Inner peace can be reached
only when we practice forgiveness ...
letting go of the past,
and correcting our misperceptions.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- The Buddha

There is a great future in front of you,
you can leave your past behind.
- Joel Osteen

RESPONSIBILITY: Fulfill the obligations that the past posts to me.
Embrace the opportunity for service based in love.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Fill your heart with the creative power
to accept the past,
decorate the present
and transform the future.
- Osho

Create your future from your future not your past.
- Werner Erhard

Forgiveness does not change the past,
but it does enlarge the future.
- Paul Boese

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller

I recognize that the person I was in my past
is not the person I am today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stop holding on to the past.
Release your regrets about whatever you may have done
or failed to do that turned out poorly.
Forgive others for whatever they may have done
or failed to do that cause you harm.
Declare today to be a new beginning.
Let go of the past and move on with creating
a joyful new future for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie

Whatever happened in the past,
forgive yourself and others.
Choose love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live life with no regrets and no resentments.
Whatever happened in the past,
forgive yourself and others. Choose love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

I choose not to project my past onto my future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

I create a new and more loving story
to surround each event in my past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The heart knows nothing of the past,
nothing of the future;
it knows only of the present.
- Osho

Fear not for the future,
weep not for the past.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Study the past, if you would divine the future.
- Confucius

History is the version of past events
that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

The past has no power over the present moment.
- Eckhart Tolle

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Life is the future, not the past.
- Terry Goodkind

The past is a ghost, the future a dream,
and all we ever have is now.
- Bill Cosby

Drive into your future looking at the open road ahead
rather than into the rear-view mirror of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Like a bird in flight, your life can soar
above the troubles of the world.
Breathe deep, choose, and break the shackles of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can't change the past,
but you can ruin the present
by worrying about the future.
- Anonymous

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you
before you can move on.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Gain happiness by living in the present -
without regret for the past or fear of the future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

The Principal Causes of Our Suffering are
Our Past, and Our Expectations and Assumptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The past does not equal the future.
- Anthony Robbins


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