This piece was inspired by the stereotypical image of a family celebrating Christmas. It describes a series of imagined stills, one of a busy, snowy street, filled with Christmas shoppers; a hectic kitchen on Christmas Day; and a family gathered around a fireplace opening presents.
Sleeve Notes: Inspired by John Williams’ 1996 composition ‘Summon the Heroes,’ this work features rich orchestration and dense harmonic music.
One of the few pieces of mine to be recorded, this was written as part of a summer school at the Purcell School. The reduced orchestration allowed me to focus in on every note I wrote, enabling me to engage in a totally new (to me) chromatic style.
Sleeve notes: This piece was written whilst I was completing work experience with a composer in London. He had given me some sounds to try out, and this was the result of experimenting for a day with them.
Sleeve notes: This collection of music culminates with the track ‘A Hero’s Welcome’, a piece which was designed to underscore the re-entry of Apollo 11 as it returned to Earth. It was inspired by the music for the film ‘Deep Impact’ by James Horner. I have used the piano motif rom the cue ‘The Wedding’ and repurposed it in oboe as the opening theme in this piece. I have also taken inspiration from the dissonant string ostinato in the cue ‘The Comet’s Sunrise,’ and used this in the second section.
Simple Things was written to be the theme to a romantic film. I tried to experiment more with this piece, pushing myself to use more complex harmonies and voicing, as well as to write for a solo instrument (in this case the flute and later the clarinet) and accompaniment. Simple Things uses a simple melody (hence the name) and is designed to reflect the peaceful and loving nature of a simple relationship.