A Crimson Dawn
for chamber orchestra
A Crimson Dawn is scored for chamber orchestra and was premiered by Orchestre National de Lorraine at the Acanthes festival. The piece was composed immediately following a family tragedy. More broadly, it is a reflection on sudden loss and its powerful psychological repercussions. For the melodic foundation, I composed what I dubbed the "death counterpoint". This is an elongated contrapuntal working of two famous melodies associated with death: the first phrase of the "Dies Irae" and the bassline of “Dido's Lament”. The death counterpoint also forms the basis of a chaconne used throughout the work, colored in different sections by my responses to bereavement.