Ultimately, the composer merely devises a notated “recipe” for a musical work of art, while the performers are the “chefs” and “servers”.
Primarily that music should inspire. Whether this is through performance or composition does not matter; the principle is the same. Music should never be routine, it must always be special.
I see my music as largely built on the classical tradition, but – hopefully – exploring new possibilities within it.
I would certainly say that a rhythmic drive features heavily in most of my work. Being almost post-minimalistic with a constantly shifting harmonic centre, I think a lot about ‘implied melodies’ where I take the function of a melody, but rather than a ‘melody’ as we think of it in old fashioned terms – I enjoy creating these ‘implied melodies’ out of harmonic ideas.
I think success for a composer can be measured when he/she no longer has to take a direct hand in arranging a performance. When a piece is “out there” and getting performed, I think that’s a success, and it’s certainly gratifying for a composer when that happens.
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Fazil Say and Cyprien Katsaris have encouraged and urged me to compose and also to believe in my very creative and individual approach. Who or what were the most significant influences on your musical life and career as a composer? Fazil Say and Arvo…