Harrison Birtwistle Quotes on music

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... view

By: Harrison Birtwistle

When I was a kid, I wrote music - from the age of 11 until the age of 18... view

By: Harrison Birtwistle

When I dealt with set theory, I could never make it be the music that I wanted... view

By: Harrison Birtwistle

This sounds horribly pretentious, but I like to think that if music hadn't existed, I could have invented it... view

By: Harrison Birtwistle

My operas usually come from musical ideas rather than ideas about subject matter... view

By: Harrison Birtwistle

Music is such a problem in the time it takes... view

By: Harrison Birtwistle

One thing I've tried to do in writing music is take on very basic things, very archetypal things... view

By: 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... view

By: Harrison Birtwistle

I'm not a music lover in the sense that I look for something to have on. I've never had that attitude to music... view

By: 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... view

By: Harrison Birtwistle

I wrote music as soon as I knew notation... view

By: Harrison Birtwistle

I think music has gone through a period of something very severe, rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism... view

By: Harrison Birtwistle

I don't think there is much American music... view

By: Harrison Birtwistle