I’ve been called a cacophonist and a crook. An anarchist and a deranged man. I’m regarded as the Satan of modern music. And you might ask, why? Why have I made it so hard for the listener? I can only say that I didn’t choose to write this way. I am being forced in this direction by an inner compulsion that is stronger than any upbringing.
Arnold Schoenberg. Gangster Extraordinaire.