I don’t like very much a mechanical regularity in music
In my music there are many unnoticeable changes of light and shade, animated and unpredicted, as light and shade are in nature – when there is the slightest breath of wind, the run of a cloud across the sun, the entire colouring immediately changes. But this is never a simple colour, and these both the light and shade have nothing ornamental in them, all these lights and shades have a meaning and are filled with sense, as well as the entire texture of a composition. Nature for me is not a decoration in which man lives, but it is, let us say, an external thing but part of myself, and it lives and breathes, as well as I myself do, and it is full of a large and mysterious meaning’
With my special thanks to Ekaterina Denisova-Bruggeman for the copy of manuscript of the Denisov’s ‘Notes’ (DS).
- ↑ Denisov’s notebooks contain 658 aphorisms, penned between 1980 and 1995. They were published in Russian by Valeria Tsenova in ‘Neizvestnyi Denisov’ (Unknown Denisov), Moscow, Kompozitor, 1997, but with many abridgments.
- ↑ 2,0 2,1 2,2 2,3 2,4 ‘Unknown Denisov’, p. 45.
- ↑ ‘Unknown Denisov’, p. 51.
- ↑ ‘Unknown Denisov’, p. 77.