Repeat Yourself

Repeat yourself

Creativity is often described as something elusive, rare or magical but this is very far from being the case. Sometimes the best creative ideas are those which arise simply out of the ostensibly boring, repetitive practices of habit, routine and discipline. Using Johannes Brahms St Antoni variations as a starting point, this essay suggests that repeating yourself can be an activity that may well herald the development of original ideas and intriguing kinds of creative transformation.

Young Johannes Brahms

Listen to Gustav Dudamel conducting the Berlin Philarmonic in this performance of Brahms St Antoni Variations (Variations on a Theme by Haydn) Op.56

Words Kate Davies. Photography and illustration Tom Barr © Makadu Press 2019