Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: George Rochberg

February 11, 2015 8:46 PM

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I was occasionally in the presence of the wonderful photographer Irving Penn in the 80's. I will never forget a simple statement he made then, "I keep getting better the older I get because I do learn more as I go along." While this sounds patently obvious, it is true only if one is open to learning more and willing to push deep in the artistic journey.

There are many composers of the latter half of the 20th century for whom this is not what has taken place. Instead, like various mathematicians and scientists, they produced something extraordinary at an early age and were incapable or unwilling to move on to richer and deeper artistic places as the...

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