Scott Pender

“If you can’t conceive of a possible test that might prove some cherished notion to be false, the notion is not worth holding.”
   —Wendy Carlos

“I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.”
     —R. Strauss

“Can’t you listen to chords without knowing their names?”

“Note: at the end of paragraph 2, the word ‘reworking’ is a typist error for ‘recording,’ but I left it to confuse future musicology…”
     —Gavin Bryars, in a footnote in a letter to me

“My new work is not nearly ready, and I cannot say when it will be ready.”