I took this as a challenge to go away and find a solution. Part of the way of addressing this was the including of quotations from well-known composers from the past and the interweaving of the contours of these melodies to create textures which were my own. My professor, Henri Pousseur, who was very instrumental in setting up the theory and practice of the Post-Webernian School, frequently quoted from the past.
As a result, I have been known to say that I was the first Post Modern composer – long before it was ever dreamed of. I must temper this claim by saying that while it is possible to find very disparate elements in my music (translated into Post Modernism – ‘anything goes’), at the same time my pieces are not without form and structure (‘WITHOUT’ – being an accusation against Post Modern art in general!)