The Creative Process of a Midnight Composer
As a composer, I find creativity to be an ability that presents itself in all shapes and sizes, manifesting at different times. That time of creativity presents itself to me during the late hours of the night, when the world is quiet and still. The peaceful atmosphere and gentle lighting allow me to reach a calm, focused headspace where my ideas and emotions can flow freely.
The piece I wish to share is one of many that I’ve forged during these moonlit hours. It is a reflection of my experiences with hyperactive thoughts and insomnia, capturing the unpredictable burst of expressive and creative energy that can strike at any time.
The first movement of the piece explores that energy, using waltz-style music to organize my racing thoughts. The B section introduces a wave of calm as my ideas begin to solidify. The second movement is a dramatization of how I come up with musical ideas at night, starting softly and gradually building in intensity and excitement. It leads directly into the 3rd movement, which is a melancholic wrap-up of the night’s productivity. This movement is especially close to my heart, as it expresses the emotions and thoughts that keep me up at night, with each variation representing how a lot of these anxious or intense thoughts can stem from a similar source. This musical work serves as a glimpse of my creative process and the emotions that drive it.
Thank you for listening.
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You are very talented, Ava.
Hello, Ava. Wow! You are such a very talented composer. Your creativity is intensely beautiful, which creates a very impressive reaction in my hearing and senses. I love it. Good job.