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!"
Interviewed by Dan Warburton, July 8, 1995. 
I like to think that if music hadn't existed, I could have invented it.Harrison Birtwistle
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.Harrison Birtwistle