“We shall not reject the old rules of harmony and form; let us remember them constantly, whether to observe them, or to augment them, or to add to them some others still older (those of plainchant and Hindu rhythmics) or more recent (those suggested by Debussy and all contemporary music). One point will attract our attention at the outset : the charm of impossibilities. It is a glistening music we seek, giving to the aural sense voluptuously refined pleasures.”
Olivier Messiaen