A Shade or Two Darker

A Shade or Two Darker

c. 5 minutes

Written for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for their project Composition: Wales in collaboration with Composers of Wales, Ty Cerdd and Welsh Music Guild.

Programme Note

Many politicians set out with the utopian ideal of improving lives in their communities.

“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” – Robert F. Kennedy (politician)

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy” – Ernest Benn (publisher, writer and political publicist)

Premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff. 

Instrumentation

Symphony Orchestra (2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in B flat, 2 Bassoons. 4 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in B flat, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Tuba. Timpani, Percussion (2 Players) (Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, Marimba, Glockenspiel). Violin 1 (14 players), Violin 2 (12 players), Viola (10 players), Cello (8 players), Double Bass (6 players))