Harold Farberman, adieu Maestro!

Harold Farberman, adieu Maestro!

It took me quite a bit of time to write this post: I learnt of Maestro Farberman passing before it became public knowledge but I was pleased to see it got some decent coverage on the internet. Maestro Farberman could be a dividing personality and quite naturally the...
Creative dissonance

Creative dissonance

When it comes to creativity, some emotions are better than others. Or are they? The amount of research and studies on the subject is impressive. Depending which one you grab, you can end up with dramatically opposite answers. It’s a general belief that the more...
Is structure mandatory?

Is structure mandatory?

Some say it’s essential to have a structure before you start writing anything. I don’t quite share that opinion, at least not completely. A structure can be very useful, but also very constraining. Personally, I form an idea of the whole piece once I’ve started it,...
Creation’s fever

Creation’s fever

For a long time I thought it was just a myth, an old wives tale that people like to ramble about to look cool. Until I experienced it first hand. I was writing the libretto for the opera “Camille Claudel” and abruptely Rose, Rodin’s wife, came into the scene. The...
Camille Claudel and Creative Fever

Camille Claudel and Creative Fever

Why compose an opera based on the life of Camille Claudel? I have been asked this question more than once. The answer, is that I was simply compelled to do it. In fact, it all started with a movie. I was flipping through channels and landed on Arte, where they were...

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