His description of how the music seems to have a will of its own which transcends that of the composer is one that resonates strongly with my own artistic experience:
‘In the end the work of art is unpredictable and creates its own laws. When it’s complete, then there is nothing to add, nothing to take away. When the work is performed, I’m always full of admiration for it. I ask: How is it possible for this to be born? I am not able to make anything like that. It must have been somewhere, somehow in existence even before I found it. I’m not really mother or father but the midwife. I am just a nourishing medium for it.’
This statement by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara reflects the feelings I have about the genesis of my own compositions:
It must have been somewhere, somehow in existence even before I found it.
I couldn’t describe it more accurately. Here’s another great quote from this article:
It is my belief that music is great if, at some moment, the listener catches ‘a glimpse of eternity through the window of time’, if the experience is one which Arthur Koestler might call ‘the oceanic feeling’. This, to my mind, is the only true justification for all art. All else is of secondary importance.
I found this article on Peter Bannister’s “Da stand das Meer”. Make sure to follow his excellent music blog.