Symphony – 2008
My dad had a great influence on me musically. He was a great singer with a deep bass voice, and played me classical music records when I was a boy. “When are you going to write me a symphony?” he would joke. “Who knows? Maybe one day!” I would grin in reply.
When he was diagnosed with liver cancer I couldn’t believe he only had a few weeks to live. I set to work to try and write him the symphony I’d promised; his favourite composers were Mozart and Bach so I tried to imitate their style in it, particularly in the second movement. When it was nearly finished I took a rough mix to my Dad. “Here’s that symphony I promised you!” He was really delighted with it and listened to it through headphones in the hospital during his final weeks with a smile on his face.
Wingspan Records WING CD7
Tracks on this album
1. Symphony no. 1 in G Minor — Allegretto/Largo
2. Symphony no. 1 in G Minor — Passacaglia and Fugue
3. Symphony no. 1 in G Minor — Adagio
4. Symphony no. 1 in G Minor — Gigue
6. Last Forever
7. Good Times
8. Dawn of a Darker Day
9. Good Times 2
10. Glass Bead Game