Our first meeting with the great Hungarian composer, Gyorgy Ligeti, was at the Philharmonie in Berlin the night before the first performance of ‘Nonsense Madrigals’ which he had written for us. Having spent all day travelling from Warsaw, we arrived in Berlin extremely tired to find the city in chaos having been taken over by hundreds of bankers attending an international conference. We went straight from the hotel to rehearse with the great man (we were late!) and, nervous with anticipation, we entered the hall. There, on his way out (as he thought we were not coming) was Ligeti. Before we had a chance to speak, let alone apologise, he said “Oh, I love your album ‘The Beatles Connection’. Tell me, who is it who does the imitation of Louis Armstrong in ‘Honey Pie’?”.
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