Symphony no. 1 (1999)
for orchestra
Duration: 30'
Scores and parts available from the composer
Symphony no. 1 was written as my doctoral thesis between 1997 and 1999. A large-scale, four-movement work, it served as a chance to explore a variety of formal ideas and compositional devices within the orchestra’s timbrally rich environment. The first movement, an extended passacaglia, continuously transforms its eight-note opening theme into a series of melodic and harmonic building blocks. The fanfare-like second movement explores worlds of dark and light in its three-part form (ABC). The third movement, a contemplative tone poem, takes as its point of reference the variety of rhythms of water-over-rocks in a babbling brook and builds on that foundation a quiet chorale. The centerpiece of the final movement is a three-voice canon in the flutes that jump start the engine of this driving, motoric close to the symphony.