Britten on composing

“Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house.  Slowly you see more details of the house – the colour of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows.  The notes are the bricks and mortar of the house.”

– Benjamin Britten.

Cited in: Jarski, Rosemarie (2005) Great British Wit.  London: Ebury Press, p. 199.