I've had the ideas for this piece trotting in my head for nigh on 10 years now, so let's just say that they are FINALLY coming to fruition.
These are the first two movements of the "Sinfonia Canadensis".
The first movement is (very rare for me) inspired by a stop near Mount Apica. I am rarely moved to music by visual stimulous, so the speed with which I wrote this was a huge surprise to me. Less than a month for the first movement. A more or less standard sonata allegro, and rather more tonal than my usual style. It starts with fanfares and an explosion. The main theme is the wonderful GPO violas and celli in unison. The "publisher" score done in Finale 2006 is performing the music with Robert P's wonderful HumanPlayback plugin.
Forêts Boréales (Northern Forests)
The adagio second movement starts with dawn on the prairies, a slow, gentle sunrise leads to the arrival - distant at first - of the lumbering threshing machines. Calm returns in the evening and the sun sets on the seemingly infinite plain.
When the other movements take form, I'll post them. At this rate, by the end of the summer the next three movements should be finished.