… Of course in America that coexistence of art music and popular music goes on all the time. That’s part of the special quality or flavour of American music, is that we steadily do that.’
Philip Glass


Steve Reich

“A new style can’t really take over unless the old style is dying. Schoenberg, Berg, Webern and then Boulez and Stockhausen represented the mannerist stage or end of German romanticism… It fell to my generation not to make a revolution but rather a restoration of melody, harmony and rhythm in a completely new way.”
Steve Reich




“Whether one calls oneself conservative or revolutionary, whether one composes in a conventional or progressive manner, whether one tries to imitate old styles or is destined to express new ideas – one must be convinced of the infallibility of one’s own fantasy and one must believe in one’s own inspiration.”
Arnold Schoenberg


‘one thing must be clear to us, that rules of order prevail here, that we cannot conceive these laws differently from the laws we attribute to nature; natural law as related to the sense of hearing.’
Anton Webern