Melody is a form of remembrance. It must have a quality of inevitability in our ears.
There are three reasons why I live in Scotland. First, I like silence, and you have to be a millionaire to buy silence in Italy. Second, I like cold weather. Third, in Italy I have too many relatives and know too many people, so I never get a quiet time.
Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do.
Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels it so intently he must sing it out.
I have always felt that art, especially music, is but a demonstration of God.