It's very important for the composer to know what music can't do. I did a main title for a series that became a tremendous hit, The Defenders. The guy in charge, a very bright guy, said, "I'd like the music to express the law." I said, "Well, music can't express the law. It's not possible. If you want the music to express majesty or something like that, it will only express majesty if what you have on the screen is majestic."
The Life of Leonard Rosenman, Part Two
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