I feel very free and very happy to be a composer.
The real composer thinks about his work the whole time; he is not always conscious of this, but he is aware of it later when he suddenly knows what he will do.
I don't compose, actually. I just record. I'm the opposite of a composer in my way of working. I'm more instinctive.
I'm not an architectural composer.
That is basically me, and although I have done many things in my life - conducting, playing piano, and so on - what is fundamental is my being a composer.
Because I have sixty years of being a professional composer, conductor, musician, whatever, and you develop a lot of friendships and you get involved with a lot of sort of long-term commitments and obligations.
I am writing something which I find satisfying and which I am prepared to put my name to as a composer.
To find a new British composer who is really good is rare.
As a composer, I'm basically trying to represent myself through my music in an honest way.
I consider myself a composer.
Generally, as a composer, it's perceived as an employer-employee relationship.
The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.