The power of the single idea: How playing the comb is improving my composition

Even when a concept is simple, the music needn't be.

Listening diary: Learning to love Beethoven

I know it's a shocking thing to admit, after 20-odd years of composing music, but I've only recently come to discover the joys of standard repertoire. I admit it, I am now a Beethoven fan.

Listening diary: Musical flow in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 3

The first post in a new 'listening diary' series. I've been listening to Prokofiev's Symphony No. 3, investigating a technique he uses to create a sense of musical continuity and connection and exploring how I can use that in the orchestral piece I'm writing.