American composer Steve Reich on his compositional process:
When I compose, I notice I’m the only one in the room. (laughs) I tend to be a somewhat self-critical person. I use my emotional faculties to judge whether I want to hear something again. Basically I have no one in mind except pleasing myself. And my basic idea is, well, if I love it then hopefully you will love it too.
“Beethovenfest”, Deutsche Well, 27 September 2011 (accessed 1 October 2011).