Harrison Birtwistle - Quotes

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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. ---->>>

It's the irrational things that interest me. ---->>>

My attitude to writing is like when you do wallpapering, you remember where all the little bits are that don't meet. And then your friends say: It's terrific! ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I didn't have a record player. ---->>>

I don't think there is much American music. ---->>>

The opera tells the story with all the built-in contradictions and from many different angles. ---->>>

I always write the pieces I want to write. ---->>>

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

I wrote music as soon as I knew notation. ---->>>

Music is such a problem in the time it takes. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

The theatre only knows what it's doing next week, not like the opera, where they say: What are we going to do in five years' time? A completely different attitude. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I think there are influences that you open the door to, and influences that come under the door. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

My operas and my theatre works are very formal pieces. ---->>>

In the end it doesn't matter what you do. ---->>>

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

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

The piece that had a large influence on me was Turangalila. ---->>>

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

I'm not an architectural composer. ---->>>

The thing about influence is that any composer worth anything will give you the same names. ---->>>

You either are or you're not. ---->>>


Nationality: British
Born: 07-15, 1934
Occupation: Composer

Sir Harrison Birtwistle (born 15 July 1934) is a British composer.(wikipedia)