More sayings of Feldman:
[Beautiful is] a dangerous word to use…. I want my Garden of Eden and eat it too…. There is the apple and there is the snake, and yet you’re in Paradise…. Everything, alles, in one piece. But never an obvious type of sensual beauty….
Most music of the twentieth century is criticism of past music. Just as we’ve been given an Existentialism without God, we are now being given a music without the composer. We want Bach, but Bach himself is not invited to dinner. We don’t need Bach, we have his ideas.
I was some place, somebody wrote a piece for four recorders. And I said, 'In principle I feel that people should write what they want to write. In principle, there is nothing wrong with your writing for four recorders. But, actually, I said, you are making a big mistake. It sounds terrible.'
I’ve become part of musical life in England. In America there’s really no such thing as ‘part of musical life.’