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Blue Work

In Saecula Saeculorum

for full orchestra

Year:  2000   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  2222,2221,timpani, percussion 1 player( crash cymbal, suspended cymbal, snare, triangle), harp and strings

Year:  2000
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  2222,2221,timpani, percussi...


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This piece was composed in 2000 for a commission from the Waikato Symphony Orchestra.

It has been an extremely interesting exercise to familiarise myself with this piece after so many years – revisiting old thoughts, composition practices, not to mention the memories dredged up in the process. Although quite an early work for me, it is one in which I still have quite a soft spot for. The harmonic and melodic world is for the most part steeped in diatonic tonality, but there are occasional forays into less traditional areas.

During the time that I was writing this piece my father passed away and to a large extent, in saecula saeculorum was influenced by this loss. In essence I think this piece is a reflection of that time which was in many ways an attempt to confront and make sense of my family’s loss.

Dedication note

In memory of Richard Dudley

Performance history