SMASHSMASH

The orchestra is a daunting ensemble to write for. Not for its size, but for its history. It is so strongly bound to a time and a place that separating it from that - to write new music for it now - seems absurd. But composers do transcend or embrace the implications of the ensemble all the time, oftentimes with thrilling results.

Each year the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra holds the Jean Coulthard Readings, giving young composers the rare opportunity to write for orchestra, hear the results, receive notes from the orchestra and resident composer. The opportunity is wonderful, and the perfect venue to work through some of these daunting ideas I have about writing new music for orchestra. My tactic was to write a noisy, blunt piece of rock music and to title it SMASHSMASH. I tried a lot of things, with varying degrees of success. Over all, I am quite pleased (or, at least, amused) with the cheeky, destructive, boyish sounds SMASHSMASH has.

SMASHSMASH