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From time to time I have the good fortune of enjoying a curry with my friend Paul Harris, and as often as not we end up sat at a piano, diving into his latest musical doodles…
“I’ve been working on my next Piece a Week book, and this is what I’ve got so far”,
…or similar words will precede his playing, with the modest disclaimer,
“I’ve only spent a couple of days on these, so they aren’t all quite as I want them yet.”
This is followed by a performance of some 20 pieces, all composed within the preceding 48 hours or so. And even though I know that Paul, genius that he is, can routinely pour out another set of brilliantly characterful and playable pieces, I am consistently amazed at how creative yet well honed his gift for composition is.
Bartók famously resisted teaching composition, and he had a point. How does one even begin?
With his latest creation, Musical Doodles, Harris perhaps offers something better: an opportunity for any musician, however elementary and whatever their instrument, to have an enormous amount of fun exploring the nuts and bolts of creativity, quite possibly developing their understanding, experience, engagement and musical inspiration in the process.
Let’s take a look at Musical Doodles…Continue reading Paul Harris’s Musical Doodles