Facts about Harrison Birtwistle

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Harrison Birtwistle is a famous Composer from United Kingdom, he/she is 85 years old and still alive, born July 15, 1934.

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He/she is born under the zodiac cancer, who is known for Emotion, Diplomatic, Intensity, Impulsive, Selective. Our collection contains 28 quotes who is written / told by Harrison.

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Famous quotes by Harrison Birtwistle (28)


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"When I was a kid, I wrote music - from the age of 11 until the age of 18"
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"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"
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"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"
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"The opera tells the story with all the built-in contradictions and from many different angles"
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"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"
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"My operas and my theatre works are very formal pieces"
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"I didn't have a record player"
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"I always write the pieces I want to write"
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"The thing about influence is that any composer worth anything will give you the same names"
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"You either are or you're not"
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"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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"The piece that had a large influence on me was Turangalila"
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"In the end it doesn't matter what you do"
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"I think there are influences that you open the door to, and influences that come under the door"
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"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!"
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"I'm not an architectural composer"
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"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"
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"I don't think there is much American music"
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"When I dealt with set theory, I could never make it be the music that I wanted"
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"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"
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"I wrote music as soon as I knew notation"
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"My operas usually come from musical ideas rather than ideas about subject matter"
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"Music is such a problem in the time it takes"
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"It's the irrational things that interest me"
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"I think music has gone through a period of something very severe, rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism"
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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"
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"This sounds horribly pretentious, but I like to think that if music hadn't existed, I could have invented it"
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"One thing I've tried to do in writing music is take on very basic things, very archetypal things"


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