Gyorgy Ligeti - Lontano (The Shining: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

"One dimension of my music bears the imprint of a long time spent in the shadow of death both as an individual and as a member of a group [Hungarian Jews during WWII]. Not that it lends a tragic quality to my music, quite the opposite.

Anyone who has been through horrifying experiences is not likely to create terrifying works of art in all seriousness. He is more likely to alienate.”

-Ligeti, quoted in Ligeti in Conversation (1984)