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Born: 1923-05-28
Profession: Composer
Nation: Hungarian
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Steinberg is great. I should like to meet him.

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Stravinsky used Mother Goose. He was influenced by Mother Goose, indirectly, but very beautifully.

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Then, after the war it was impossible to travel, after so many years of Hitler and Stalin.

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There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry.

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Well I live in Vienna with my wife and son, and I teach in Hamburg, there will be no changes in that respect.

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When I was younger I was completely without money - when I was studying in Budapest, when I was a refugee.

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Yes, fractals are what I want to find in my music.

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I think it was when I was nineteen, by that time the Jewish laws were already in force and the split was beginning to come about which isolated the Jewish culture.

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I was fifteen years old, and I hardly knew how to play a simple Bach prelude on the piano when I began to compose music, and at the most advanced level. I had never studied such things as harmony.

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I listen to all kinds of music - new music, old music, music of my colleagues, everything.

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If you come from Paris to Budapest you think you are in Moscow.

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I continued to study Math and Physics on my own, but one and a half years later I realized that I did want to be a composer, and after that I never changed my mind.

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But I do not want to use Hungarian verses for British people.

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But if you go from Moscow to Budapest you think you are in Paris.

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First of all I listen to music. I like music.

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For the past ten years I have had no financial problems.

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Gesualdo was very important to me, I wanted to do something which corresponded to him.

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However, I began composing as soon as I started taking piano lessons.

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I don't read such boring things. Life is too short.

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I don't use old music.

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I know already the music I will write. But the words? I have not yet decided.

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I like to stay home and listen to recordings.

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I lived under the Nazis and under the Communists.

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I only want to give a metaphysic for my music.

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I think a composer is always interested in his last work.

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I write bars, for the musicians, because they have to be together.

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In January 1944 I was called up by the Forced Labor Service, but I deserted on October 10, 1944.

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In my piano concerto I developed this polyphony to much higher complexity.

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It isn't false modesty when I say this, but although I am supposed to be a famous person it doesn't mean anything to me. I just sit at home and work.

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My grandfather was not a musician but he was an artist - a painter, a decorative painter.

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New York is the dream world, the center of jazz and rock.

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Once, in London, the BBC asked me what was my favorite English book. I said Alice in Wonderland.

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People often thought Leopold Auer was Russian because he lived in St. Petersburg so long, almost fifty years.

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Perhaps the better word is emotional yes, I am an emotional man.

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A rock band is a mysterious thing. Somehow, every once in a while, a few individuals bump into one another, and they look exactly right together and share a focus and an aspiration and the right balance of musical similarities and differences.

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