Schoenberg opened a lecture on the composition with the following defense of less common aesthetics: "Far be it from me to question the rights of the majority. But one thing is certain: somewhere there is a limit to the power of the majority; it occurs, in fact, wherever the essential step is one that cannot be taken by all and sundry."
^Stein, Erwin (ed.). 1987. Arnold Schoenberg letters, p.206. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-06009-8
^Schoenberg, Arnold (March 22, 1931). "Variations for Orchestra, Opus 31: Frankfurt Radio Talk", reprinted in Schoenberg, Nuria (ed) (1988). Arnold Schoenberg Self Portrait, p.41. Cited in Frisch (1999), p.99.