Ultimately, the composer merely devises a notated “recipe” for a musical work of art, while the performers are the “chefs” and “servers”.
I see my music as largely built on the classical tradition, but – hopefully – exploring new possibilities within it.
Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I started listening to music of a “certain type” from an early age. My mother kept the radio on day and night and I listened. I understood later the music transmitted very interesting things. Then my father brought a red-and-beige…
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.
I always like working with restrictions which become challenges, and like working for a particular set of requirements. Also, the aim to fit the music to the performers. The challenge can be to make something which is accessible yet interesting.