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"I was listening to a work by Morton Feldman. It does not matter which one. Of course, I was perfectly aware of the fact that I was listening to the event more than the music itself, but then, at that moment, the idea of Eclat came to my mind. Under the influence of Feldman's piece I realized that one could compose music with short cells, even single chords, which come from nothing and disappear into nothing. I had long planned to write something with instruments suitable for that, but the idea itself cropped up at that time."
Pierre Boulez in conversation with Bálint András Varga in, Bálint András Varga Three Questions for Sixty-Five Composers (University of Rochester Press, 2011) p 23.