Canadian composer and poet Claude Lachapelle shares his views about the great music, how he discovered his passion in life and why it takes patience to discover music.
For me, music is a passion, appreciation and a therapy. Around the age of 14 or 15 years, I was a difficult teenager and when I started doing music, my behavior has changed radically; I discovered in the music the beauty, wonder, and spirituality
Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?
For me, music is more than a fantasy; it is an ideal, a breath of life, an escape, a creation and sometimes a job.
If you were not a professional musician, would would you have been?
I have never been a professional musician, i do not make a living making music. I never had any external pressure to compose music.
The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?
Not because young people will discover the great* music one day and they will be the audience of tomorrow.
* I like to use the word (great) better than the (classical) word, which represents a time in the history of music.
What do you envision the role of classical music to be in the 21 century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?
Great music will always have a place in the 21st century: cinema, concerts, television and new composers who will bring originality and novelty through their scholarly works.
When I say that classical music is searching for new ways or that the classical music is getting a new face, what would come to your mind?
I believe that she is looking for new ways to please the public through different marketing experiences that are in my view quite effective.
Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative? Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?
Yes, the musician must be ever more creative; creativity must play an important role in the musical process, in its form, through its instrumentation and in the modernity of its time.
Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?
Introduce youth to music at the elementary level and pursue this approach further in high school; we should also reduce the cost of concert tickets for those 30 and under.
Tell us about your creative process.
When I want to compose music, I usually sit at the piano and improvise. So ideas come and I develop them. After I write them on paper (musical score) not to forget them. Then I go to the computer to transfer my ideas. And that's often where magic is created. The computer is such a wonderful tool. It gives us extraordinary technical possibilities.
We, Moving Classics TV, love the combination of classical music with different disciplines: music and painting, music and cinematography, music and digital art, music and poetry. What do you think about these combinations?
Excellent idea to combine different disciplines; I myself use poetry and music in my personal art.
Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?
If you want to persevere in knowing better the great music, you have to be open to all musical genres. (Duo, trio, quartet, symphony, concerto, opera, etc.) We must also not be afraid to explore different forms and structures in music (ABA, rondeau, canon, waltz) and even more complex forms (Sonata, variations, fugue). Patience and tenacity are important qualities for anyone venturing into the wonderful world of great music.
Now it is a common practice in the media to talk that the classical music is getting into the consumption business, do you agree? We are speaking about the supply and demand rules and how to sell your “product” in your case your compositions. How do you see it?
Yes, the music must be perceived as a consumer product like the bread of the baker, the work of the composer also has a pecuniary value.
Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?
We always have some expectations from the audience, but the ultimate reward for the musician or the composer is to feel understood and listened to in the faithful and sincere look of the listeners.
What projects are coming up?
I recently signed a contract with a publishing house to publish a collection of poems that I wrote; the title is (Romances without notes). I also continue to compose music.