Composition, Improvisation and Authentic Listening

My work on a piece of music always begins with free play. Slowly ideas emerge that seem worth pursuing and spending some time with. Different ideas present themselves and reveal what they need to do. Generally I find myself wanting the music to do and be a lot of other things, and the process of composition is to some extent a slow-motion letting go of all my own preconceptions about how I think things should go.

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