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I think a lot of composers get into trouble just making up a plot and expecting an audience to follow that. ---->>>

We need it to capture the energy of contemporary life. ---->>>

But nevertheless, it's music ultimately that matters in opera, and opera is a piece of music reaching out as a vision in sound reaching out to the world. ---->>>

We need to have as broad a range as possible, because life itself has that kind of range. ---->>>

We need to open up the future. We also need to keep everything valuable from the past. ---->>>

The way that I got involved with microtonal music was, frankly, through jazz. ---->>>

I think one of the greatest enemies in the use of technology, however, is the idea that if you use the technology you have to throw other things out of the window. ---->>>

I want the audience to be so involved in the sweep of the music. ---->>>

Nevertheless, one doesn't have time to think, oh, well, this is a quarter tone sharp, or flat. ---->>>

I think I was first to do live performances on a modern electronic sound synthesizer. ---->>>

I've just simply used what I've used because of the great, great expressive potential of it. ---->>>

Well, opera began with an intent to resuscitate Greek drama, that is, modern opera as we know it. ---->>>

Well, the very best operas are the ones written by the very best composers. ---->>>

I really write for people. ---->>>

It's not important to me to found a school; it's not important to me to have disciples. ---->>>

Well, let me, first of all, say, that as a microtonal composer, I've never been much of a theorist. ---->>>

However, yes, especially as one gets older, you know, you really hope that your music will become more generally available, even though some of the performances might be riddled with faults. ---->>>

I'm thinking in terms of a point of departure, a field of action for performers to express an expressive need of mine which hopefully the context of music would convey. ---->>>

In other words, I think that if an audience listens to something as an experience of how in tune it is or something of that kind, that the whole point is somehow being missed, and the music has failed. ---->>>

I think the composer and production staff of an opera have a real responsibility to use visual elements of all kinds to make clear to the American audience, at any rate, exactly what is going on. ---->>>

If you look at the timing of many of the Greek dramas from the theatrical point of view, it's all off, and I think the reason for that is that music played a very important part. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: June 18, 1790
Birthplace:
Die: November 17, 1856
Occupation: Politician
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John Henry Eaton (June 18, 1790 – November 17, 1856) was an American politician and diplomat from Tennessee who served as U.S. Senator and as Secretary of War in the administration of Andrew Jackson. He was 28 years old when he entered the Senate, making him the second-youngest U.S. Senator in history after Armistead Thomson Mason (wikipedia)