Takemitsu on composing

“As a composer – not an inventor – I don’t need patents. Things I think of must have been thought of by others already. That is why it is fitting that I be a composer, since I am not concerned about thinking thoughts that no one else might ever think. I just want to make sure that while I am thinking those thoughts that anyone might think, I am doing it in my very own way. Therefore, I think I don’t mind if things are not always all my own”

– Toru Takemitsu