But if you go from Moscow to Budapest you think you are in Paris.
If you come from Paris to Budapest you think you are in Moscow.
Yes, fractals are what I want to find in my music.
I don't read such boring things. Life is too short.
In my piano concerto I developed this polyphony to much higher complexity.
I lived under the Nazis and under the Communists.
Once, in London, the BBC asked me what was my favorite English book. I said Alice in Wonderland.
New York is the dream world, the center of jazz and rock.
For the past ten years I have had no financial problems.
When I was younger I was completely without money - when I was studying in Budapest, when I was a refugee.
I know already the music I will write. But the words? I have not yet decided.
Stravinsky used Mother Goose. He was influenced by Mother Goose, indirectly, but very beautifully.
But I do not want to use Hungarian verses for British people.
I only want to give a metaphysic for my music.
I write bars, for the musicians, because they have to be together.
Gesualdo was very important to me, I wanted to do something which corresponded to him.
I don't use old music.
Then, after the war it was impossible to travel, after so many years of Hitler and Stalin.
First of all I listen to music. I like music.
I listen to all kinds of music - new music, old music, music of my colleagues, everything.
I like to stay home and listen to recordings.
Steinberg is great. I should like to meet him.
There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry.
People often thought Leopold Auer was Russian because he lived in St. Petersburg so long, almost fifty years.