Perttu’s music seeks to
develop aesthetic approaches to composition that were lost or
overlooked in the
rush to modernism. Although his
aesthetic perspective does not eschew modernist elements, it does hold
romanticism is still a vital source of unrealized artistic statements. Though romantic at its core, his music draws
from a diverse range of compositional materials, both tonal and atonal,
rhythmic and free, and uses a broad spectrum of timbres.
In this aesthetic, innovation arises from the
melding of the new with the traditional and from the manipulation of
syntax and form.