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John Corigliano

Art is not only about angst.

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I think art can reflect tragedy.

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I have tremendous respect for film composers.

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I always conceive a piece as a different set of challenges.

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You become a great composer when you win a Pulitzer. But I think that now it's a completely meaningless award.

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Eighty percent of my pieces gravitate towards an A, as a tonal thing, not at the beginning, but somewhere in it.

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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.

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The French Revolution is the ultimate modernist statement. Destroy everything. Don't build on the past. There is no past.

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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.

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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.

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