My passion for classical music began in my childhood,
when I discovered the works of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, Johann
Sebastian Bach, and Ludwig van Beethoven, among others. Mozart,
my greatest operatic love, had an uncanny sense of structure,
modulation and dramatic intensity that is riveting from the overtures
to the last bars of all his theatrical compositions from Apollo
et Hyacinthus (1767) to La clemenza di Tito (1791).
In addition to my interest in opera, symphonies and chamber music,
I have a PhD in English literature that analysed the key belief
systems underlying how creative output was evaluated in the 17th
and 18th centuries. I hope that insight into how hierarchies form
will inspire readers to make well-informed choices when creating
their own ‘canons’.