THE CONFLICT

This conflict is somehow very familiar: "…as a conductor, I am fascinated by, and wide open to, every new sound-image that comes along; but as a composer I am committed to tonality. Here is a conflict indeed; and my attempt to resolve it is, quite literally, my most profound musical experience. And if this sounds far too existential for an old romantic like me, well and good: I am ready to switch and consider the teleological approach, and wrestle with that. Another synthesis to be sought.” Leonard Bernstein - The New York Times, October 14, 1965