” 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. “


” When I was a kid, I wrote music – from the age of 11 until the age of 18. “


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


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


” 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. “


” One thing I’ve tried to do in writing music is take on very basic things, very archetypal things. “


” Music is such a problem in the time it takes. “


” 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. “


” 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 wrote music as soon as I knew notation. “


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


” I don’t think there is much American music. “



All 12 Harrison Birtwistle Quotes about Music in picture


When I was confronted with official tuition, the academic thing, I could see no relationship whatever between that and the music I
When I was a kid, I wrote music - from the age of 11 until the age of 18.


When I dealt with set theory, I could never make it be the music that I wanted.
This sounds horribly pretentious, but I like to think that if music hadn
People say my music is English. I don
One thing I
Music is such a problem in the time it takes.
Minimalism now is a reaction to what came before. It
I
I wrote music as soon as I knew notation.
I think music has gone through a period of something very severe, rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism.
I don
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