picc.4.afl.2.ca.Ebcl.3.bcl.Eb or Bb cacl or bsax.2.cbsn - ssax.asax.tsax.bsax - 4.4.3.btrbn.2 euph.2 - timp (4 or 5 drums) - perc(5): glsp/xyl/med wdbl/military field drum or small TD/small gong/large gong/chimes/crot/2 mar/vib/large wdbl/picc SD/2 susp.cym/2 BD/brake drum/large thundersheet/crash cyms/mark tree/tgl - piano (=cel) - (harp) - (2 double bass) Number of players doubling each part at discretion of conductor (but inkeeping with a balanced sound.
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Of War and Peace (2017) is my sonic response to the never-ending tragedy of war and the hope for peace. The composition is in two movements performed without pause. The music I have composed for the first movement entitled “War” is turbulent, relentless and seductive. Swirling woodwind cluster chords charge into a fast moving requiem performed by brass, saxophones, chimes, timpani and drums. Punctuated by an unyielding woodblock, a provocative polytonal parade morphs into a brutal but seductive march: there are still those who are foolishly attracted to the allure of war and in denial of the suffering it brings to those “in harm’s way”.
The music I have composed for the second movement entitled "Peace" is calm, longing, and reflective. Bassoons, clarinets and oboes sing a haunting melody accompanied by "change ringing" crotales, glockenspiel, marimba and celesta. After re-orchestrations of the opening material, a stormy dramatic middle section featuring the horns and euphoniums interrupts the proceedings. This intrusion suggests the dark psychological residue often suffered by the victims of war. An "heroic" coda is followed by a "hopeful" (or is it naïve?) musical epilogue, which proposes a time when we can "imagine all the people living in peace… and the world will be as one."