Swiss composer David Bruehwiler shares his views about discovering music and why composer has the duty to convey positive emotions to his audience.
The most perfect medium to convey emotions. I think the composer has the duty to convey but positive emotions .So music can be helpful to the listener.
Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?
Sure, if I consider it from my point of view. But there is intuition and inspiration which remain a secret to me. I use to refrain from analyzing them.
If you were not a professional musician, would you have been?
I was a primary school teacher for 15 years! I love working with children.
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?
Composers conveying but positive emotions through their music. Practicing emptiness of mind helps to increase creativity. Any behavior or technique that increases positive creativity should become more important. Classical music of the 21th century should be a source of deepest love.
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?
Arvo Pärt who left serialism and devoted himself to Renaissance vocal polyphonic composition technique and to the triads. -Keith Jarrett and Friedrich Gulda, two excellent pianists both in the classical and in the jazz field. As far as I know Gulda stated once that classical music and jazz would merge in the 21st century.
Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative? Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?
Creativity means to me: working with open heart, hands and mind. Every time I did not work that way to date, the result was unsatisfactory. So (to me): work as open-hearted, -handed, and –minded as you can :-) !
Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?
Yes I think we can: By encouraging the outstanding pianists of our time to perform and record works of composers - famous or unknown - who have found a convincing and uplifting synthesis of genres like for instance Classical with Jazz, Pop,Latin ....
Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece (written by you). How did you start working on it?
To me there are different approaches to a new composition: The Mediterranean Etude, for example,came to me in a dream. I looked down to a marvelous Mediterranean bay and simultaneously I heard a wonderful sparkling piano music which painted that bay into music: the reflections of the sun on the waves, the blue water, the beautiful landscape... The dream was very short but very impressive. Awaken I just started improvising in remembrance of the marvelous dream experience, only searching for the most beautiful progressions while remaining in the happy mood of the dream. So bar after bar, the piece weaved itself. In order to enhance the effect of sunlight in the Etude, I created a contrast: There are two similar parts where the listener seems to dive a few meters down into the dim water and return to the light.
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?
Great! What I explained at the previous question is such a combination of music and (dreamed) pictures.
Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?
This is only my personal point of view and refers on the sources that helped me most:
- Learn to play impressionistic music (because it resembles soundtracks). Debussy's piece"The Little Negro" is very easy and it is great fun to play it! Try to learn also Debussy's "La Cathédrale Engloutie" or "Arabesque No.1" Those pieces are more demanding.
-When you are adolescent, learn to play some 2 part inventions of J.S. Bach. Great for your brain connections!
-join a choir, which is open also for the Renaissance period (Palestrina)
If you heard some new classical/crossover music in the internet that you fell in love immediately: bring it to your piano teacher and ask him/her to help you learning it.
if you are really serious about composing: study "Gradus ad Parnassum" by Johann Josef Fux You will need a counterpoint teacher for that (this will save time). But do not hurry with it. If you become open for the philosophy behind counterpoint, you will not care how long these studies should take.
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?
I see it this way:
My website is non-profit, i.e. the sheet music download of all my compositions is free. Why? Because I do not know how I managed to compose so many tunes and pieces, I decided to share it with others. So I have no revenues of my sheet music. I rely on mutual confidence: If a composition is performed,recorded, broadcasted etc., I hope people are honest and pay the royalties owed.
Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?
I wish them openness for receiving positive emotions through music.
What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?
I generally hold back with new projects, so there may be still space and energy enough for the unexpected. I love to improvise, if a project allows it. Country: