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Harrison Birtwistle Quotes and Sayings

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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.
- Harrison Birtwistle

When I was a kid, I wrote music - from the age of 11 until the age of 18.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I didn't have a record player.
- Harrison Birtwistle

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.
- Harrison Birtwistle

 

You either are or you're not.
- Harrison Birtwistle

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.
- Harrison Birtwistle

One thing I've tried to do in writing music is take on very basic things,
very archetypal things.
- Harrison Birtwistle

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I always write the pieces I want to write.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I think there are influences that you open the door to,
and influences that come under the door.
- Harrison Birtwistle

This sounds horribly pretentious, but I like to think
that if music hadn't existed,
I could have invented it.
- Harrison Birtwistle

My operas usually come from musical ideas rather than
ideas about subject matter.
- Harrison Birtwistle

In the end it doesn't matter what you do.
- Harrison Birtwistle

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.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I'm not an architectural composer.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I think music has gone through a period of something very severe,
rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism.
- Harrison Birtwistle

When I dealt with set theory, I could never make it
be the music that I wanted.
- Harrison Birtwistle

It's the irrational things that interest me.
- Harrison Birtwistle

The thing about influence is that any composer worth
anything will give you the same names.
- Harrison Birtwistle

The piece that had a large influence on me was Turangalila.
- Harrison Birtwistle

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!
- Harrison Birtwistle

Music is such a problem in the time it takes.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I don't think there is much American music.
- Harrison Birtwistle

The opera tells the story with all the built-in contradictions
and from many different angles.
- Harrison Birtwistle

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.
- Harrison Birtwistle

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.
- Harrison Birtwistle

My operas and my theatre works are very formal pieces.
- Harrison Birtwistle

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.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I wrote music as soon as I knew notation.
- Harrison Birtwistle

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.
- Gail Godwin

Movies are not scripts - movies are films;
they're not books,
they're not the theatre.
- Nicolas Roeg

Movies are a complicated collision of literature,
theatre, music and all the visual arts.
- Yahoo Serious

A good film is when the price of the dinner,
the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I grew up in the theatre.
It's where I got my start.
Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue
about the theatre is beyond perfection.
- Aaron Sorkin

At heart, this job is about continuing to make great
theatre for the people of Sheffield -
a city I've known and loved since childhood.
- Samuel West

At the same time, television theatre became more visibly active.
- Andrzej Wajda

Most Americans would agree that Plowshares is a Theatre of the Absurd.
- Daniel Berrigan

To maintain one's individuality, integrity,
and true personality in the theatre is a big task.
- Cyril Cusack

I prefer theatre but TV keeps you well known.
- Richard Briers

I directed before I was even in television;
I directed in the theatre for seven years,
so that was my trade anyway.
But in the UK, I've given up any hope of being considered a director.
- Mel Smith

I grew up wanting to be a writer for theatre.
- Christopher Durang

I started off in a small theatre performance company
and worked my way into commercials.
- Devon Sawa

It's a whole different kind of anxiety.
But the great thing about doing a theatre job is that
once the ball starts rolling you just have to go with it,
it's inexorable.
- Emily Watson

There were wonderful moments when I was singing for
the first time in the Olympia Theatre and I was pregnant with my son,
which was very, very strange for a singer.
- Nana Mouskouri

Also, if you want to reach people, theatre is not always the best way to do it.
- Harvey Fierstein

If these theatres didn't exist, the tradition of British
theatre would cease to exist.
- David Soul

I submit all my plays to the National Theatre for rejection.
To assure myself I am seeing clearly.
- Howard Barker

We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema -
some actors don't like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre.
- Boris Spassky

For the theatre one needs long arms;
it is better to have them too long than too short.
An artiste with short arms can never,
never make a fine gesture.
- Roland Barthes

Theatre sports is the best improv training period.
- Wayne Brady

My father's parents were carpenters.
They were also builders partly.
They were painters.
And several of them were very, active in the theatre and all such nonsense,
you know.
- Josef Albers

I've done a lot of costume drama and theatre -
the National Theatre and In fact,
most of my work at the theatre, at the National Theatre anyway,
was period.
- Brenda Blethyn

What I love about theatre is that it disappears as it happens.
- Lusia Strus

Pornography is a theatre of types, never of individuals.
- Susan Sontag

The people on the business side in the music business
are kind of different from the theatre business.
I think it's partly because there are different pressures on the industries.
- Tim Curry

For me, making films is like being on vacation,
it's a nice walk.
But theatre is like mountaineering.
You never know whether you're going to fall off or make it to the top.
- Isabelle Huppert

Every baseball crowd, like every theatre audience,
has its own distinctive attitude and atmosphere.
- Bill Veeck

I feel that film, as opposed to theatre,
is about capturing that one, real moment.
- Michael Pitt

In the theatre, the actor is given immediate feedback.
- Charles Keating

The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears
of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled.
- Denis Diderot

Fundamentally, whether directing in the theatre or a film,
you have to be a good storyteller, regardless of the form.
The thing I had to work hardest at was thinking in shots.
- John Crowley

Every time I listened to Lux Radio Theatre,
I wanted to vomit.
- Dick York

What theatre started to look at much earlier than any
other form was the internal operations of ordinary people,
sometimes using mythic models in order to tell the story.
- Pete Townshend

By obtaining a sense of its place in the unfolding drama of life,
set in an ecological theatre, so we can understand
why it has become one of the leading players.
- Simon Conway Morris

My playground was the theatre.
I'd sit and watch my mother pretend for a living.
As a young girl, that's pretty seductive.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

I've been doing theatre since I was 5 years old.
- Claudia Christian

I've always tried to not let movie, television or theatre
be all that my life is about.
I've always tried to get involved in the community
or my family now I have kids.
- David Morse

Now, drama is quite useful at helping us to understand
what our position is and,
conversely, we might then understand why our theatre is being destroyed.
- Edward Bond

I've directed enough in the theatre and a couple of films to know that -
to feel fairly secure that if I find a story that I
really like I can probably get it done somewhat.
- Gary Sinise

I got into theatre very early, so yes I was surrounded
by gay people quite early and frequently.
- Judith Light

I grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, really in suburbia,
so my mother was in community theatre plays.
- Beth Henley

The theatre, our theatre, comes from the Greeks.
- Edward Bond


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