I had trepidation about the fact that I might be starting composition too late, that I didn’t have enough technique. But then one of my first teachers, Hall Overton in New York City (who I studied with before I went to Juilliard) asked me to do an assignment, and I said, “Oh, I don’t think I have enough technique.” And he looked me right in the eye and said, “You’ll never have enough technique. Do it.” At first I thought he meant that I would never have enough technique. But he was saying that one should always be honing one’s skills and learning, and that is true.

- Steve Reich
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