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- Now there is no taboo; everything is allowed. But one cannot simply go back to tonality, it’s not the way. We must find a way of neither going back nor continuing the avant-garde. I am in a prison: one wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape.
- A lecture at the New England Conservatory in 1993, quoted on 
Quotes about Ligeti
- You need three or five hands to play Ligeti.