Aaron Copland, composer, asks himself:
“Why is it so important that I compose music?
What makes it seems so absolutely necessary so that every other daily activity, by comparison, is of lesser significance?”
“And why is the creative impulse never satisfied; why must one always begin anew?”
“Why must one always begin again?” “…each added work brings with it an element of self-discovery. I must create in order to know myself, and since self-discovery is a never- ending search,each new work is only a part-answer to the question, ‘Who am I?’”
Copland adds: “…each new and significant work is a unique formulation of experience; an experience that would be utterly lost if it were not captured and set down by the artists.”
from Music and Imagination (Charles Eliot Norton Lectures 2951-1952) by Aaron Copland