Endless refrains, woven out of intricate, interconnecting segments, combine to form a kind of musical forest, in a celebration of Spring.
Instrumentation: 2 picc.2.2.2 ca.2.2 ebcl.2 bcl.2.2 cbsn - 188.8.131.52 btrbn.1 - 2 timps - perc(4): I: 2 tgl (large, small)/whip/3 susp.cym (small, medium, large)/sistrum/snare drum/siz.cym/2 roto-toms (large, small)/finger cyms (pair) II: finger cyms/glass chimes/5 tpl.bl/tam-t/bass t.bells (low F#, A, B)/BD/hi-hat/thunder sheet (large) III: glsp/5 tpl.bl/tam-t IV: cyms (small, medium, large)/bass t.bells (low F#, A, B)/BD/mar/bongos/finger cyms - 2 harp - strings
The beginning of ‘Streamlines’ is like a ‘point of arrest’ where a sudden growth spurt appears from nowhere and a line starts to emerge.
Instrumentation: picc.184.108.40.206.cbsn - 4.3.2.btrb.1 - perc(4/5): peking opera gong/2 rototom/2 thai nipple gong/2 tin can(sml & med)/metal dustbin/splash.cym/hihat.cym/BD/2 conga/tomtom(med)/2 log drums(lg)/vib/mar/2 xyl - hp - strings
The orchestra in ‘Tilting’ is like a very large building with its own natural distortions.
Instrumentation: picc.2.3(III=ca).3(III=bcl).2.cbsn - 220.127.116.11 - perc(3) 3 cowbells/3 log drums/large metal dustbin/tin can/large BD/hi-hat/susp.cym/splash.cym/siz.cym/vib/tam-t - harp - cel - strings
A musical adventure loosely based on the ‘Fool’s Journey’, a metaphor for the journey through life, as depicted by the images and archetypes found in a Tarot pack.
Instrumentation: 3(II=picc.III=afl).3.3(II&III=bcl).3(III=cbsn with A extension) - 4.3.2.btrbn.1 - timp - perc(4): mar/vib/sizz.cym/hi-hat/cabasa/3 whips/ocean drum/guiro/ratchet/large rainstick/wind machine/5 tpl.bl/2 bongos/2 timb/1 conga/2 SD/pedal BD/BD/opera gong/tam-t - pno - harp - strings
Soloists & Orchestra
a concerto for four horns
Commissioned by Esa-Pekka Salonen for the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 70th Anniversary; New York Philharmonic: Alan Gilbert, Music Director & International Festival of Contemporary Music for Warsaw Autumn’s 60th Anniversary. The piece is dedicated to Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Instrumentation: 2.picc.3(III=ca).3(II=ebcl).2.cbsn – 0.3.3.1 – perc(3): glsp/vib/bass mar/t.bells/timp/2 large susp.cym/5 tin cans (different pitches)/sleigh bells/cabasa/rattle (or shaker)/4 tom toms/SD/BD/tam-t – harp - strings
for trumpet and orchestra
The solo trumpet (and its accompanying group of orchestral trumpets, oboes and clarinet) are like the concrete floor plate, spiralling up between the glass walls of the orchestra and being reflected in their surfaces.
Instrumentation: Solo Trumpet - picc.2.2.ca.cl.2bcl.bsn.2cbsn - 432.btrb.1 - perc(3): 3 BD/6 cowbells/bongos/4 car wheels/3 hi-hat cymbal/3 snare drum (small/large/piccolo)/3 small/med log drum/taiko drum/metal dustbin/6 wdbl/tam-t/xyl/7 tin can/rototoms - strings