Composing's not voluntary, you know. There's no choice, you're not free. You're landed with an idea and you have responsibility to that idea.
In The Observer, April 14, 1996.
My attitude to writing is.. it's like when you do wallpapering, you know, you remember where all the little bits are that don't meet, you think: "Oh my God that's horrible..." And then your friends come and say: "Who did this wallpapering? It's terrific!"Harrison Birtwistle
I like to think that if music hadn't existed, I could have invented it.Harrison Birtwistle