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  • I've had every advantage in the world, despite the 18 years of silence which were nobody's fault but mine.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • It's true that I tend to daydream. I'm the same person in business as I am in music: I can be distracted and absentminded. It's my style.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • I don't think events in your life affect your music.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • There is no change - I'm as deep or as shallow as I ever was. What's new is on-the-job experience. This is what you gain with years.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • Maturity There are things that come with experience - managing your craft. What I've picked up since my earlier music is not profundity.
    (Gordon Getty)


  • I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore. I picked up a volume of Dickinson's poetry. I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • I feel that I belong to the 19th century. Some composers' music is very topical. It almost says, 'This is about what I read in newspapers yesterday.' Not mine.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • I want to make the world better.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • When my opera Plump Jack was performed in 1989, my first piano teacher sent me something that I'd composed when I was four. I remember I played it, and it still sounded like me. I'm the same composer I was then.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • My music is all about an idealistic human personality. I have 19th-century ideals.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • The Getty family has been fully supportive throughout this situation, and for that, I am very grateful.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • I'm a terrible singer, but it helps when I have to call a taxi.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • Both parents were very encouraging - especially my father. My father thought the sun rose and set with me. Neither one had a musical background or any musical talent. They liked classical music, but neither could carry a tune.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • I've managed to dodge the curse. Not all my family have. Of course, music helped me - music is all about civilization, about something worthwhile. It's all about ideas.
    (Gordon Getty)

  • I personally do not write highbrow music. If I do, it's by accident.
    (Gordon Getty)


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