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Predawn Meditation

for orchestra

Year:  1999   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  2*222; 2220; timp., cymbal.; harp; harpsichord; strings (88653)

Year:  1999
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  2*222; 2220; timp., cymbal....

Composer:   Jonathan Besser


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This piece for orchestra was composed while I was staying in New York in September 1999, rising very early in the morning to quietly play piano and compose.

I had heard of my friend John Thomson's death the week before, while in London. The music I began to 'sketch' in those northern mornings was simple and reflective. I finished composing the piece in New Zealand, dedicating the work to John Thomson; deciding too incorporate ornamentation and harpsichord into the music.

My intension was to create a non-dramatic piece, that explored the orchestra's quieter qualities.

– Jonathan Besser

Dedication note

In memory of John M. Thomson