My Favorite Quotes
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 Harrison Birtwistle - “You either are or you're not.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “The piece that had a large influence on me was Turangalila.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “My operas usually come from musical ideas rather than ideas about subject matter.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “My operas and my theatre works are very formal pieces.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “It's the irrational things that interest me.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “In the end it doesn't matter what you do.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “I'm not an architectural composer.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “I don't have ideas so much as there are things which constantly evolve... there are various threads or layers, if you like, which change.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “I didn't have a record player.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “I always write the pieces I want to write.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “The thing about influence is that any composer worth anything will give you the same names.”
 Mark Birtwistle - “Sometimes people think of golf as a recreation - but it is a legitimate NCAA sport, it is a team sport.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “The opera tells the story with all the built-in contradictions and from many different angles.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “When I was confronted with official tuition, the academic thing, I could see no relationship whatever between that and the music I'd been writing since I was 11.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “When I was a kid, I wrote music - from the age of 11 until the age of 18.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “When I dealt with set theory, I could never make it be the music that I wanted.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “This sounds horribly pretentious, but I like to think that if music hadn't existed, I could have invented it.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “People say my music is English. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's not me writing English music, but that English music is becoming more like me.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “One thing I've tried to do in writing music is take on very basic things, very archetypal things.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “Music is such a problem in the time it takes.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “Minimalism now is a reaction to what came before. It's absolutely of its time. Music moved into the set theory thing, and moved out of it.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “I wrote music as soon as I knew notation.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “I think music has gone through a period of something very severe, rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “I don't think there is much American music.”
 Harrison Birtwistle - “There are rhythmic ideas which sometimes only work up to a point. In writing there are moments when it just comes off the page, it's not just a collection of notes.”

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