If you want your performances to sound new every time try including at least one segment of sound unlike any you have ever made before, whether a piece composed yesterday or an instrumental or vocal effect you don’t usually permit yourself. Everything will sound fresh, not just to you but to your listeners as well – even the most familiar will be transformed. Morton Feldman’s 1951 Pieces from Nature had that effect on Chopin and Haydn — and on my audience and myself!
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