In October 2010 I listened to Adrian Heathfield and Jonathan Burrows in dialogue as part of Performance Matters at Toynbee Studios in London. They read – or perhaps performed – an email exchange that had occurred between them in the months leading up to the event.
- A composition must make possible the freedom and dignity of the performer.
- It should allow both concentration and release.
- No sound or noise is preferable to any other sound or noise.
- Listeners should be as free as the players
What I like about these ideas is the overwhelming sense of respect within them: respect for artists, respect for audiences, and respect for the work itself.
The full exchange between Heathfield and Burrows can be read at http://www.jonathanburrows.info/#/text/?id=102&t=content
- These were published in Audio Culture: Readings In Modern Music, a book edited by Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner (2004). ↩