Sleeping on creativity
I heard a wonderful interview with Howard Goodall yesterday. He was promoting his new CD, Enchanted Voices, and discussing his creative process as a composer.
Howard is a resident DJ at Classic FM and a composer of music for many TV ads. But he is possibly most famous for his scores for film and TV, which include Red Dwarf and Mr Bean. He also writes choral music, which the new CD focuses on.
Howard worked as the composer and sometimes musician for student shows for Richard Curtis (Four Weddings, Nottinghill, The Boat That Rocked, Comic Relief) and Rowan Atkinson (Not the Nine O’clock News, Mr. Bean, Blackadder) while they were all at university together. They have continued to work with each other as their seperate careers have progressed.
I particularly recommend a track from Howard Goodall’s new CD called Pro alios curantibus (For Those That Care For Others). It could be his Spem in Alium, not in composition technique, but in the emotive harmony and refrain.
During the interview on LBC yesterday, he mentioned that he wakes up in the morning with new compositions complete in his mind. He then writes them directly down on his computer. An amazing talent and he says he has no-idea where the music comes from. He admits he was raised in a very musical family and music clearly surrounds his life. A fascinating talent with a very rare ability.
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