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 think music has gone through a period of something very severe, rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism.
I didn't have a record player.
I don't think there is much American music.
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.
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 wrote music as soon as I knew notation.
Music is such a problem in the time it takes.
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.
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