Paraphrasing the French 18th-century
philosopher, my own artistic motto could be read as 'Tradition, what
do you want from me? Live up to me - if you can!' This means: my relationship
to tradition is dialogical; tradition is seen as challenge, not as a
pillow. This outlook is reflected in my double activities as a composer
and musicologist. The historical and analytical perspectives are always
present in my creative work. At the same time, when teaching music history
and analysis the artistic dimension is always there, I hope. I teach
not only facts but also experiences.
The tension between emotionality and intellectuality is reflected in
the often dramatic character of my music. Theres is an affinity with
Berlioz' "l'imprévu", the unexpected, as a formal principle.
In my music, the architecture is nearly bursting from within and at
the same time is being kept on a tight rein. Maliciously, my music could
be characterized as a composition of intensely dramatic and poetic moments
on one side and road-consuming sections on the other.
Orchestral works dominates my output, much of it of long duration. It
satisfies my need for emotional expansion and narration. Since the 1970s,
the titles reveal a lot about the contents. Reading them you could reformulate
my artistic belief as follows: I believe in an absolute music permeated
with extramusical ideas of the world, with echoes of history, with inner
pictures and visions, with wordless drama.