The composer...joins Heaven and Earth with threads of sounds.
I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God.
To me, atonality is against nature. There is a center to everything that exists. The planets have the sun, the earth, the moon.
I did all kinds of things in order to earn a living.
My purpose is to create music not for snobs, but for all people, music which is beautiful and healing. To attempt what old Chinese painters called 'spirit resonance' in melody and sound.
The greater the emotional intensity, the greater the simplicity.
I found a greater identity with my own emotions in the Armenian culture as I grew older, as well as from the beginning, although I didn't know anything about it.
I was born in Somerville, but I don't remember very much about it because we moved from there to Arlington when I was five years old, and it was in Arlington that I spent most of my childhood.
There is nothing like practice.
I was much more interested in the orchestra than the piano, but I did become fairly proficient as a pianist and my teachers felt I had talent and wanted me to become a good concert pianist and earn my living that way.
I think that of my 21 symphonies, each has its own place.
This is not to say that the Scots are not fine people, but they were all sort of... well, my grandfather was a minister and sort of Protestant, and this was rather depressing to me.
It's hard for me to think of others because I'm not particularly in sympathy with the music of this century.
My mother's background was Scottish. She came from an old family, some of whom lived in upper New York State and some of whom had come over from Scotland.
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