HELMUT LACHENMANN: Les Consolations
What I want...
is always the same: a music which in order to be grasped, does not require a privileged intellectual training, but can rely uniquely upon its compositional clarity and logic; a music which is at the same time the expression and the aesthetic form of a curiosity able to reflect everything – including the illusion of progressiveness. Art as a foretaste of freedom in an age without freedom.
(Interview with Ursula Stürzbecher, 1971)