what inspires me? 

ansgar beste (SWeden), composer

Ansgar Beste. Photo: Beate Heidecke

Ansgar Beste. Photo: Beate Heidecke

Composing music is all about lots of hard, tough work. The romantically (over)loaded term of ‘inspiration’, closely connected with the cult of genius, can easily be misunderstood: just walk through a forest or along a beach, climb a mountain, do some daydreaming – and that’s it, your music is composed! The reality is much more complex: inspiration is only a smaller – though important – part of the process, the rest is done by no-one but yourself.

My main intention is to write pieces of ‘absolute’ music, so my inspiration tends to be strongest towards the musical material itself. In other words, my point of departure in every creative process is the need to discover and decide upon interesting, unique and strong musical material – sounds, timbres, rhythms, motifs – and its potential to carry the audience off in new, thrilling, unheard-of directions. My works have metaphorical or poetic titles, establishing the illusion that my (abstract) music tries to portray, depict or describe elements from the real, extra-musical world. They’re mainly designed to help the listener access and follow my music or, ideally, even be touched by it. However, the titles also sometimes influence my compositional work, particularly its formal development, thereby positively contributing to my artistic inspiration.