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Georg Friedrich Haas with students
Students: What are you specifically trying to express with this composition? Haas: Not something specific, but express something, yes. If I wanted to say something specific I would have become a writer. Composers can express things, and I feel that one can be more expressive with music than with words.
Students: Do you compose everyday?Haas: I would like to, but I can't sit down like I have a desk job and do the same thing every day. There are days when I sit in concentrated phases for 14 hours in front of the computer, although that is not always pleasant. And there are creative days. It was one of those days on which this piece was conceived. I met a good friend in Brussels, and he told me something which I found very moving. The next day I was free, so I took the train out to the ocean and went walking on the beach. The business with my friend really affected me, and suddenly the form of the piece was clear in my mind. After finding the beginning very easily, then the difficult detail work began.
Students: Which instrument do you play?Haas: I used to play piano, but I haven't practiced in twenty years. I had to decide between being a good composer and an average pianist, so I chose to compose.