Originally, A Jazz Burlesque was composed as a piano solo. It was later arranged for accordion trio, then for accordion orchestra. This string arrangement followed for the all female string ensemble ‘String Silhouette’.
This short anthem takes its text from the Old Testament book of Ruth. It is a statement of devotion and loyalty, and I have used the lines “Your people shall be my people and your God my God” as a refrain. To the biblical text I have added a concluding “Amen”.
The original version (for SAB voices) was written for, and is dedicated to, Bruce Baker – a friend and musical colleague.
This work borrows ideas from the Cook Islands where I spent 6 months in 1988. I studied the traditional music and instruments and have been greatly influenced ever since. arc of the sun is in three sections (dawn/day/dusk) featuring some Cook Island musical ideas and characteristics – a fusion of their exciting instrumental drum dance and vibrant polyphonic vocal music.
As a work for wind orchestra, arc of the sun was first performed in 1997.