Thanks to Lawrence for this wonderful quote from Eric Hoffer (1902-1983):
In products of the human mind, simplicity marks the end of a process
of refining, while complexity marks a primitive stage. Michelangelo’s
definition of art as the purgation of superfluities suggests that the
creative effort consists largely in the elimination of that which
complicates and confuses a pattern.
Think of it as you’re listening to Brian Ferneyhough’s new opera at Lincoln Center this week.