"I personally feel that there is no artistic difference between 'gay' music versus 'straight' music, but who knows what affects us subliminally?"

He was one of the most distinguished pupils of Abby Whiteside and perhaps the most well-known practitioner of her theories of rhythm and of a technique directed from the humerus rather than the fingers. He studied composition with Roger Sessions, who exerted a strong influence on his career, and whose music he often performed and recorded. He cultivated a lifelong interest for Frédéric Chopin's Études as well as Leopold Godowsky's Studies on Chopin's Études which informed both his piano playing and his composition.


Robert Helps standing on a cliff over a body of water, salt and pepper beard and shoulder-length hair blowing in the wind.