Higdon in NY Times

Jennifer Higdon is featured in today’s New York Times. Vivian Schweitzer does a nice job interviewing the 2010 Pulitzer Prizewinner, discussing her music, career path, and even composer’s anxiety.

Higdon is remarkably candid about the stresses associated with the creative process. She says,“Starting a piece is the worst … and that can stretch from one day to three weeks of agony. The cats run and hide.”

Higdon’s right – getting started is often the most challenging part of composing. And, funnily enough, the cats at our house occasionally take umbrage too. The picture below is Happy, our Tabby, sitting down on my laptop and banishing the Finale score I had in process with a flick of her tail.

Our cats are even more likely to run and hide when I’m grading!