Scott Pender

“Handel understands affect better than any of us. When he chooses, he strikes like a thunder bolt.”

“He reminds me of a man driving the car with the handbrake on, but stubbornly refusing to stop, even though there is a strong smell of burning rubber.”
     —Colin Wilson, on Beethoven

“I am not free at any time.”
     —Schoenberg, responding to an invitation from John Cage to attend a concert of Cage’s percussion quartet

“When I’m composing, I feel just like a mathematician.”

“I think he must have been drunk when he wrote that.”
     —Britten, referring to a page in Sibelius’s Symphony No. 6