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Brian Ferneyhough Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If nothing is at risk, nothing is established.
- Brian Ferneyhough

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Given the amount of unjust suffering and unhappiness in the world,
I am deeply grateful for, sometimes even perplexed by,
how much misery I have been spared.
- Dennis Prager

I cannot explain it; but when difficulties arise,
I am not perplexed or doubtful.
I know how to meet them.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

I was certainly open for something being on the edge of a nervous breakdown,
perplexed by my own sexuality.
I was gay.
- Lionel Blue

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go
on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace,
like a clock during a thunderstorm.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

A reprisal of this magnitude...
has never been carried out before.
I paced back and forth in my room perplexed and completely depressed,
feeling helpless.
- Moshe Sharett

He who busies himself with things other than improvement
of his own self becomes perplexed in darkness and entangled in ruin.
His evil spirits immerse him deep in vices and make
his bad actions seem handsome.
- Ali ibn Abi Talib

There is only one thing which can master the perplexed
stuff of epic material into unity;
and that is,
an ability to see in particular human experience some
significant symbolism of man's general destiny.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

The debates of that great assembly are frequently vague and perplexed,
seeming to be dragged rather than to march,
to the intended goal.
Something of this sort must, I think,
always happen in public democratic assemblies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

The mind of man has perplexed itself with many hard questions.
Is space infinite, and in what sense? Is the material
world infinite in extent,
and are all places within that extent equally full
of matter? Do atoms exist or is matter infinitely divisible?
- James C. Maxwell

I have a really hard time writing my own lyrics for this record,
because one, I had to write so many and also I was
kind of perplexed by the idea of how I was going to sing and play...
because at that time, we hadn't really thought about asking someone else.
- Kim Gordon

The Bible, as a revelation from God,
was not designed to give us all the information we might desire,
nor to solve all the questions about which the human soul is perplexed,
but to impart enough to be a safe guide to the haven of eternal rest.
- Albert Barnes

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

A gift consists not in what is done or given,
but in the intention of the giver or doer.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Love's gift cannot be given,
it waits to be accepted.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
- Matthew 7:7

You are never given a wish without also
being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.
- Richard Bach

Calm provides clarity. Pause to consider
the gifts you have been given,
the difference you have made
and the direction in which you are headed.
- Anonymous

A hero is someone who has given his life to
something bigger than himself
or something other than himself.
- Joseph Campbell

Gifts freely given are never obligations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
Mere tolerance has given place to a sentiment of brotherhood
between sincere men of all denominations.
- Helen Keller

The only wealth which you will keep forever
is the wealth you have given away.
- Marcus Aurelius

While it is natural to feel some degree of
need for the approval of others, be careful.
If you find yourself unwilling to
take actions that others disapprove of,
you have lost control of your own life
and have given your destiny to others.
An excessive need-for-approval
is a sign of low self-esteem,
and in severe cases, a condition termed co-dependency.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The heart is always right -
if there's a question of choosing between the mind and the heart -
because mind is a creation of the society.
It has been educated.
You have been given it by the society, not by existence.
The heart is unpolluted.
- Osho

Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards
than being a father to my children.
- Bill Cosby

A brother is a friend given by Nature.
- Jean Baptiste Legouve

Forgiving others is a gift to yourself,
given not because the other deserves pardon,
but because you deserve the serenity and joy
that comes from releasing resentment and anger,
and from embracing universal forgiveness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person,
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself,
and know that everything in life has purpose.
There are no mistakes, no coincidences,
all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The sage does not hoard.
The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself,
Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more;
having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
- Lao Tzu

Treat the earth well,
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
- Native American Proverb

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
- William Shakespeare

I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay
and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.
I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism,
but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists
to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.
- Jimmy Carter


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