The greatest artists were never men of taste”, by which I take to mean that by not sophisticating their instincts, great artists never lose touch with life’s essential simplicities, which they relish for the skill it gives them in competing with popular culture.
– John Coolidge Adams

https://www.gramophone.co.uk/features/article/john-adams-interview-i-don-t-think-you-can-be-a-great-composer-unless-you-have-a-feeling-for-harmony

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