Matthew H. Fields allies himself with the broad banner of classical music. He uses the slogans splendor in sound and sounds we make to fascinate each other to suggest his focus on the listener's attention.

With each work, Fields strives to push himself in new directions, expanding upon past developments while offering listeners something fresh. He gladly incorporates flavors of America and Europe as well as his native Jewish culture and other cultures into a mixture that freely admits tonality and atonality, the modern and the ancient, the intellectual and the passionate.

He generally avoids notions of his music as language or expression, preferring instead to focus on the potential for non-verbal aspects of sound to fascinate, delight, and evoke wonder.