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Impressions is my second work for brass band. It was commissioned by the Metropolitan Silver Brass Band on behalf of band member Bill Martyn and dedicated to his late wife, Kay Martyn.
Although I had never met Kay, I was inspired to write a suite of movements based, in part, on the affectionate anecdotes of her life offered to me by those who knew her best that formed a series of vivid ‘impressions.’ Her love of books, bird-watching, gardening, and the music of the Renaissance—all of this weaved its way into the spirit of the composition.
Each movement describes a period of the day; together they comprise a broad metaphor for life’s stages—childhood, youth and adulthood, old age. “Dawn” contrasts sonorous, chorale-like progressions with a fugal episode reminiscent of late Renaissance counterpoint; it is the most somber of the three movements, an ode to the fragility of life’s offerings and to the memory of those who have left us. The second movement, “Midday,” is a brief, exuberant scherzo whose dance-like outer sections bookend a sweeping melody suggestive of life at its peak. The third movement, “Sunset,” engages the solo cornet section in a flurry of divisi like a flock of birds, and concludes with a radiant rendering of the ‘Midday’ theme, a final farewell to a life well-lived.
- April 16, 2011 - Metropolitan Silver Band, conducted by Fran Harvey. Jane Mallet Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto
- July 19, 2013 - Hannaford Street Silver Band. Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, Parry Sound
- October 20, 2013 - Hannaford Street Silver Band, conducted by James Gourlay. Jane Mallet Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto
- February 14, 2014 - Five Lakes Silver Band. Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Point Farms, Michigan