»The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, ›Is there a meaning to music?‹ My answer would be, ›Yes.‹ And ›Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?‹ My answer to that would be, ›No.‹«

»There is something about music that keeps its distance even at the moment that it engulfs us. It is at the same time outside and away from us and inside and part of us. In one sense it dwarfs us, and in another we master it. We are led on and on, and yet in some strange way we never lose control.«

»So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.«

»To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.«

»When I speak of the gifted listener, I am thinking of the nonmusician primarily, of the listener who intends to retain his amateur status. It is the thought of just such a listener that excites the composer in me.«

»Music is in a continual state of becoming.«