Food for thought.

Esa-Pekka Salonen:

“[I became increasingly interested in] the physical properties of music. That sounds silly, it’s like saying, ‘During my career as a chef, I became increasingly interested in how food tastes.’ But there we go. It shows you what kind of hole music had dug itself into at that point. It’s a profoundly different starting point because ideological composing is like serving a medicine that might taste bad, but it’s very good for you. And I thought that this was actually a little mean position to be in permanently: I don’t see myself as a fascist family doctor who knows what is best for everyone.”

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