At I am a self taught composer living in Fairfield, Ct. I have been playing music for most of my life. As the musical years progressed, I realized that I liked composition the most. With each composition I feel as if I am entering my own imaginary world much in the way I imagine a novelist does. And, hopefully, each world gets more exciting.
My influences constantly change. I think I can say that just about every composer throughout history has something to teach me. Like most, I feel that Bach was the Father, Mozart was the Son, and Beethoven was the Holy Spirit. If there was anymore room in that trio, I would put Stravinsky right in the mix. My tastes go in waves. I can go on a Baroque kick that can last for weeks. The same holds true with the Classical and Modern periods. When I discover or rediscover a composer, I usually go out and buy every piece ever recorded of them and really listen. It never ceases to amaze me how much beautiful music is out there that people will probably never hear because these composers are never played by our local orchestras and radio stations, but that's a whole other story.
I feel I am trying to find my voice as a composer. I am not interested in sounding like anyone but myself. That is a very challenging proposition. So much has been done in classical music. I feel that a lot of music already written is brilliant and not of this world. As a composer, how do you deal with that? For me, I try to just be myself and write what's rolling around in my head. I notice a lot of modern composers are writing in what I call big walls of sound. Takemitsu was brilliant at it. I won't be heading in that direction though. I believe in melody, harmony, rhythm, and counterpoint.
I guess for now I am a neo-Classicist. The forms that Haydn and Mozart gave us suit me just fine. I am always asking myself if I am trying to compose entertainment or art. Music is both I guess. I think Vivaldi's music is entertainment and Berg's is art. I haven't broken many boundaries yet so I don't think I'll consider my music art. However, that's the destination I'm shooting for: creating musical art with my own original voice.
Until then, I hope you enjoy the music.
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