Thank goodness nothing literally.
I like to have “reference” music while composing. It usually has nothing to do with the music I’m writing. In fact, I’m actually not quite show what relationship it has to what I end up writing, except that I like having some consistency to what I listen to. Here’re some highlights from the playlist for the quartet I’m working on, including a surprisingly good recording of the Finale of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.
By the way, this quartet I’m working on has to be done by tomorrow. So if you’ll excuse me . . .