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Sir Harrison Paul Birtwistle CH (born 15 July 1934) is an English composer who, like Peter Maxwell Davies and Alexander Goehr, first came to public attention in the 1950s as a member of the New Music Manchester group.
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- My attitude to writing is.. it's like when you do wallpapering, you know, you remember where all the little bits are that don't meet, you think: "Oh my God that's horrible..." And then your friends come and say: "Who did this wallpapering? It's terrific!"
- I like to think that if music hadn't existed, I could have invented it.
- Interviewed by Dan Warburton, July 8, 1995. 
- Composing's not voluntary, you know. There's no choice, you're not free. You're landed with an idea and you have responsibility to that idea.