The whole thing in its entirety is about 58 minutes in length.
A brief and rather vicious scherzo. This was the first movement actually written, and was originally
entitled 'Serious Defect'. This just seemed to write itself in a matter of hours. It isn't often that it rolls so
fluently. From the point of view of intellectual satisfaction this is the favourite of all my pieces, whilst being
possibly the most challenging from a prospective listeners perspective.
Presto, Andante, Presto Vivace
The final movement is longest, being a sort of symphony within a symphony. A form with several famous precedents.
The outer presto sections are broadly tonal but surround a more atonal andante middle section that peaks quite violently.
It all builds towards a straightforward joyous finale that I think of as having African connotations, provided by the rhythms in the bass.
Along the way we encounter, amongst other things, churchy fugual elements and some schmalzy waltzes that I just could not resist.
The audio dynamics in this movement are not quite right, so the opening starts out too quiet compared with what has gone before and what
is to come. Basically it needs a remix.
The Wasteland - Overture
A projected oratorio based on Eliot's masterpiece. As you might guess, it's pretty sombre stuff.
'The Burial of the Dead' is written but the orchestration proceeds sporadically, not least because I don't know
a soloist to provide the sung part. Maybe one day?