"Every composer's music reflects in its subject matter and in its style the source of the money the composer is living on while writing it."
"You know, Miss Stein's words make perfectly good sense - if you take them one at a time."
- on the libretto for his Four Saints in Three Acts by Gertrude Stein.
"The way to write American music is simple. All you have to do is be an American and then write any kind of music you wish.
"By using a carefully thought out and complex way, you produce by 30 a handful of unforgettable works. But by then you are a prisoner of your method...so you write less and less...without freedom, no one is a master."
"My academic gowns can be worn in academic parades or as bathrobes"