Today each composer is not only involved in aesthetics, but he's actually trying to create his own language.

-Leo Ornstein
Leo Ornstein

But in the end, music is ultimately an aural art, pure and simple. Leo Ornstei

Leo Ornstein
A person improvising is sometimes very fortunate that just at that second things coincide.
Leo Ornstein

By the way, the point between rationality and what we would call the irrational is a very difficult point to establish. There’s no specific line, as you know.

Leo Ornstein
Now, what we are not talking about, what you're really coming to, is what compromises one makes so that the listener understands somewhat of what you're doing, what you're trying to express.
Leo Ornstein

To the person that deals in visualizations, I suppose there is something rather exciting about a whole set of people - they all going symmetrically, up or down, in a military sort of precision.

Leo Ornstein
Now, there are sometimes making a connection between one section and another that sometimes you do want to see the pattern because it helps you to lead into the next thing - it's a rhetorical thing, where you just see how the pattern has to go into the next thing.
Leo Ornstein

The difference between the student and the born composer is he really hears the thing, and they have to stage it and manipulate it by technical equipment.

Leo Ornstein
No, I think that a person writes a poem because they have an inner urge of something that they want to express, and I think it's that inner urge that you want to express when you write a piece of music.
Leo Ornstein

It doesn't necessarily mean at all that the composer plays his own works best.

Leo Ornstein
I'm really interested in writing a piece of music that will move you, that will really move you. That is really the only reason that I'm writing music.