freedom to fail

"I was always a viola hooligan. I almost got kicked out of music camps for doing things in chamber music class that are now called 'extended techniques' but were then just known as fooling around. So with my arranging, I had the freedom to fail, because people were not listening so intently that you couldn't take chances. And that emboldened me to try new things and to compose in a less serious, less academic way."

- Lev Zhurbin, the violist, composer, and arranger who performs and writes under the name Ljova, as quoted in the New York Times today. The whole story is worth a read, but I particularly liked the paragraph above.



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