05/24/2011 01:49 pm ET | Updated Jul 24, 2011

John Adams At Juilliard, Homunculus Reminds Him: 'You'll Never Be As Good As Bach'

I have to say that being a composer invited into a public gathering is always an anxiety-producing experience. No matter how casual or at ease we composers may appear on the outside, there is always that little homunculus sitting on our shoulders, muttering cryptic and often insulting remarks and reminding us that, no matter how much we've composed or now matter how grand the honor we may be receiving, "you'll never be as good as Bach."

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