People like Arvo Part would not have been taken seriously 20 years ago.
There's another way of making music, by touching the lives and feelings of ordinary people.
As I had collaborated with visual artists before whether on installations, on performance pieces, in the context of theatre works and as I had taught for a time in art colleges the idea of writing music in response to painting was not alien.
I currently spend a lot of time thinking about orchestration and every detail of a piece.
I know that John Adams has had a very hard time directing French ensembles.
Still, American composers working in France have had a pretty hard time.
Music history has flowed under the bridges for many years.
Somehow in the 20th Century an idea has developed that music is an activity or skill which is not comprehensible to the man in the street. This is an arrogant assertion and not necessarily a true one.
Like an apparently strict musical form it breaks the five minute whole into its structural parts - a descriptive preamble, the action of taking the cards, the development of the cards' manipulation and the revelation of what has been achieved.
I work very fast, keeping the ideas flowing but making sure they come out the way I intended.
It makes sense to invest in new work. It's almost like having a research department in a scientific laboratory. You have to try things out. You'll make some bad mistakes. Some things will fail but at least you'll energise the organisation.
It's rather like attending a university seminar where you are talking to a few gifted specialists who deliver a paper to an audience of their peers. That's one way of making music.
The academic area of new music or modern music festivals is not something which attracts me at all.
Writing tonal music now, you are not writing into the 19th Century.
I have friends who have a CD mastering plant in Hollywood and they are very sceptical about European record labels' understanding of digital technology.