I'm a terrible singer, but it helps when I have to call a taxi.
I do not think that music keeps evolving. It evolved through Bach; since then, in my humble opinion, all the innovations added nothing.
It's true that I tend to daydream. I'm the same person in business as I am in music: I can be distracted and absentminded. It's my style.
I see only adaptations - not revolutions.
Both parents were very encouraging - especially my father. My father thought the sun rose and set with me. Neither one had a musical background or any musical talent. They liked classical music, but neither could carry a tune.
I've managed to dodge the curse. Not all my family have. Of course, music helped me - music is all about civilization, about something worthwhile. It's all about ideas.
I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore. I picked up a volume of Dickinson's poetry. I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano.
When my opera Plump Jack was performed in 1989, my first piano teacher sent me something that I'd composed when I was four. I remember I played it, and it still sounded like me. I'm the same composer I was then.
Either your understanding of the meaning of music is there from the beginning or it is not.
I don't think events in your life affect your music.
I just have to take my chances like any other composer.
I personally do not write highbrow music. If I do, it's by accident.
I want to make the world better.
I've had every advantage in the world, despite the 18 years of silence which were nobody's fault but mine.
My father was so much more than an accomplished businessman.
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