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The Island

Commissioned by the Tönhalleochester, Zürich and first performed by them on  10th July 2009.   Thomas Hengelbrock conducted.

It's a symphonic poem but  is an impression rather than a story, and follows an unusual trajectory: it starts loudly and gradually quietens to a soft finish.  Of all my pieces it's the most popular in spirit, with quite a lot of latin percussion and dance rhythms.  It was written at the height (or should I say depth) of the Trinidad project so I suppose that's not surprising.

It is scored for modest forces: the same orchestra as Beethoven 5, plus two percussion and lasts 20 minutes.

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Programme note: English     German

Ulster Orchestra UK Premiere, 1 October 2014

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