When composing I always like to ensure that each piece has several very “catchy” and easily identifiable themes. Sometimes the themes can be simple motifs of a few notes while other times they can be very lyrical melodies. Most people who have heard my music find it very melodic.
Harmonically I generally use fairly “traditional” harmony, and I am influenced by harmonies from the baroque all the way through to the modern period, with the greatest influence coming from the Romantic period. The composers I have been most influenced by (roughly in order) would be Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Mahler, Wagner and Chopin, but I have been at times influenced by a great variety of composers such as Debussy, Stravinski, John Williams, The Beatles and even Metallica.
My music is usually very dramatic. I am fascinated by extremes of emotion in music, which is why my music seldom sounds bland! I always like to have a powerful conclusion to wrap up a piece, and often one of my favorite parts of a piece of mine is the ending. (See the ending of “The Hand of Fate” for eg).
All in all, I try to make my pieces as “perfect” as I can. When I am working on a piece, In the last stages of the composition process, I always agonise over every single note in an attempt to make it as perfect as I possible can.