Structure and disharmony

“I need to start from the assumption that the world of spirit is ordered, structured by its very nature, that everything  which causes disharmony in the world, all that is monstrous, inexplicable, and dreadful … And the formula for world harmony is most likely linked not to the blurring of evil but to the fact that, when drawn into a harmonious picture of the whole, even evil changes its function.  By complementary interaction the negative elements cancel each other out, and as a result something harmonious and beautiful is born.”

  • Alfred Schnittke, Soviet composer.