I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God.
This is not to say that the Scots are not fine people, but they were all sort of... well, my grandfather was a minister and sort of Protestant, and this was rather depressing to me.
My purpose is to create music not for snobs, but for all people, music which is beautiful and healing. To attempt what old Chinese painters called 'spirit resonance' in melody and sound.
My mother's background was Scottish. She came from an old family, some of whom lived in upper New York State and some of whom had come over from Scotland.
I did all kinds of things in order to earn a living.
It's hard for me to think of others because I'm not particularly in sympathy with the music of this century.
No, no, I didn't know him. He lost his mind around 1917 because of the tragedy of the Armenians.
I think that of my 21 symphonies, each has its own place.
I was much more interested in the orchestra than the piano, but I did become fairly proficient as a pianist and my teachers felt I had talent and wanted me to become a good concert pianist and earn my living that way.
I found a greater identity with my own emotions in the Armenian culture as I grew older, as well as from the beginning, although I didn't know anything about it.
The greater the emotional intensity, the greater the simplicity.