Harrison Birtwistle's Quotes
Biography of Harrison Birtwistle
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.Tags: Attitude, Theatre, Time
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.Tags: Sometimes, Work, Writing
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.Tags: Between, Music, Writing
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!Tags: Attitude, Remember, Writing
I didn't have a record player.Tags: Player
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.Tags: Change, Evolve, Ideas
I think music has gone through a period of something very severe, rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism.Tags: Gone, Music, Rather
I think there are influences that you open the door to, and influences that come under the door.Tags: Door, Influences, Open
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.Tags: Attitude, Music, Sense
I'm not an architectural composer.Tags: Composer
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.Tags: Music, Theory, Time
My operas usually come from musical ideas rather than ideas about subject matter.Tags: Ideas, Matter, Rather
One thing I've tried to do in writing music is take on very basic things, very archetypal things.Tags: Music, Tried, Writing
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.Tags: Maybe, Music, Writing
The opera tells the story with all the built-in contradictions and from many different angles.Tags: Angles, Opera, Story
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The thing about influence is that any composer worth anything will give you the same names.Tags: Give, Influence, Worth
This sounds horribly pretentious, but I like to think that if music hadn't existed, I could have invented it.Tags: Invented, Music, Sounds
When I dealt with set theory, I could never make it be the music that I wanted.Tags: Music, Theory, Wanted
You either are or you're not.Tags: Either