It’s eight o’ clock on one of those chilly September mornings reminiscent of that “back to school” feeling of bygone days. I’m sitting, once again, in my Krispy Kreme “office” watching the grammar school boys pass on their way to school, glad in the knowledge that I’m not among them (I hated school!).
Time seems to have accelerated during these final weeks of holiday from my piano teaching, and whilst I’ve enjoyed my time away from the pressures of a rigorous timetable, progress on the compositional work has been somewhat slow. Ironically, it’s only now that I’m back to work that my creativity seems to have been jump-started into action. Incredibly, I’ve also now started work on my annual accounts – a task which is never embarked upon without considerable procrastination.
There seems to be a perverse “law of time” which says that “the more you do, the more you do”, or conversely, “the more time you have available the less you achieve”. I have noted this “law of time” in action over years of teaching adults to play the piano. The students who achieve the most by far are the CEOs, the surgeons, the business men and women. Those for whom time is in generous supply rarely progress as far as they themselves would like.
With such an industrious start to the autumn term I can be sure of making good progress with my compositional work in this latter part of the year. I have begun the composition of a small suite of pieces directly inspired by the beautifully ornate Fabergé Imperial Easter eggs. I have chosen five of my favourite eggs and a short movement will be composed for each.
The first of these is possibly the most famous – the Imperial Coronation Egg. I am currently in the midst of completing this first movement and I shall reveal the results of this quite soon.