I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore. I picked up a volume of Dickinson’s poetry. I came back to my hotel read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano.

Gordon Getty Poetry Quote

When my opera Plump Jack was performed in 1989 my first piano teacher sent me something that I’d composed when I was four. I remember I played it and it still sounded like me. I’m the same composer I was then.

Gordon Getty Teacher Quote