My operas usually come from musical ideas rather than ideas about subject matter.
– Harrison Birtwistle
The writing gets done away from the keyboard and away from the studio in my head, in solitude. And then I come in and hopefully have something, then I wrestle with sounds and picture all day long. But the ideas usually come from a more obscure place, like a conversation with a director, a still somebody shows you, or whatever.
– Hans Zimmer