(2000) for string orchestra
Duration: ca 9'
Commissioned by the Colburn School of Performing Arts
World Premiere: 20 May 2000,
Student Orchestra of the Colburn School of Performing Arts
Daniel Lewis, conductor
Chinese Premiere: November
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Shanghai and Beijing
Publisher: Novello & Co, Ltd
This work was commissioned for the young students of the Colburn School of performing Arts to play, and it seemed to me that Aurora Dawn or the coming of light, would be an apt title. It would represent the potential and the musical burgeoning of young talent.
The music thus starts mysteriously, even tentatively, with a short melodic theme played by solo viola and accompanied by low soft chords emphasizing the note D. These two elements, in a variety of guises, keys and continuations, build in a gradual crescendo, till after a brief moment of darkness where "ghosts troop home," dawn finally arrives in the shape of a luminous D major chord. The music becomes "full and joyous" and in a brief coda, where the music seems suspended, all clouds dissolve and the D major turns out to be a dominant and on the very last note resolves to a G.
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