Alex has been interested in composition from a very young age. He had some very inspirational teachers at a formative stage of his musical education who stimulated his musical imagination and introduced him to many of the greats from the classical tradition such as Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Alban Berg and Bela Bartok, some of the figures Alex has subsequently been greatly influenced by.
Counterpoint and fugal writing is something Alex has been exploring since the lessons he received whilst a student at Birmingham Conservatoire with Hans Koller and Mike Gibbs and finds that a lot of the music he writes for the quartet is informed by work he has done in this area.
This influence of this work is also felt in his Large Ensemble music; Alex has recently been teaching himself orchestration and is planning the formation of a mixed woodwind and brass septet to perform the music he has written for this setting.
Writing for a larger chamber ensemble has allowed Alex to more fully realise some of harmonic and colourific thinking as well as giving him a more adequate timbral palette to explore some of his contemporary classical influences in more depth.
Some samples of this music should reach this page over the coming months.
Alex is currently fascinated by the music and musical thinking of Dutch composer Peter Schat and is exploring the exciting synthesis of 12 tone music and functional harmony. Peter Schat’s theories of chromatic modality presented in his book ‘the tone clock’ provide great scope for future musical exploration. Interesting overlaps exist with the work of theorist Ernst Levy concerning concepts of tonal gravity and a deeply rooted symmetry at work in our aesthetic perceptions that can be equally effectively harnessed in tonal or atonal musical situations.