THE AUSTERITY MEASURES
flute (dblng picc & alto flute), cor anglais, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, 2 percussion, harp, piano, celesta, 2 violin, viola, cello, contrabass.
first performed by red note & musiclab, 2011, Glasgow.
About the Piece
The Austerity Measures, for large ensemble, came out of a desire to write music which seems to have a "severity of purpose", by which I mean stripped of anything which might feel “extravagant” or unnecessary. In essence, a work in which the core aesthetic is, by its very nature, ascetic.
It was my intention for the work to feel free of explicit romanticism and of overtly dramatic gesture; to be devoid of decoration, but not necessarily of intricacy. To be, in its own way, quietly austere.