I think art can reflect tragedy.
I have tremendous respect for film composers.
I always conceive a piece as a different set of challenges.
You become a great composer when you win a Pulitzer. But I think that now it's a completely meaningless award.
Eighty percent of my pieces gravitate towards an A, as a tonal thing, not at the beginning, but somewhere in it.
I'm glad I won it because when I grew up the Pulitzer was the award that every composer wanted and I was like that too.
The French Revolution is the ultimate modernist statement. Destroy everything. Don't build on the past. There is no past.
What I think of as style - and I've gotten to this over years of really thinking about it - is that style is the unconscious choices I make.
I think it's good for the composer to teach because you always have new students and you have to begin at the beginning and make things clear.