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Michael Tilson Thomas

Posted at 2:24 PM on March 30, 2007 by Rex Levang

Tantalizing idea from Michael Tilson Thomas ("MTT"):

Now I have this funny theory that Varese's music may have come out of his attending rehearsal of Stravinsky's music in the early days in Paris.

Lots of those rehearsals were completely chaotic. The players didn't know where they were, they were coming in, and, you know, barking and screeching…. Then I have a feeling that when Varese heard it all played correctly later he decided that it really wasn't as interesting, as chaotic as he wanted. So he decided he would compose music which sounded like those early chaotic read-throughs he had so grown to love.


"The MTT Files" starts Monday at 7 p.m. The first show (from which this quote comes) is "You Call That Music?"