I am in the final stages of completing my musical collaboration with Malene Sheppard Skaerved (Words) and Reed Thomas (conductor). “A Richer Dust” is subtitled Symphony No.1 for Speaker & Wind Orchestra and is written and dedicated to Dr Reed Thomas and the Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble. The work is just short of 50 minutes in duration and deals with the subject of mans inhumanity and bigotry to his fellow man – for me personally, this is a heartfelt project, poignant in an age of populist politics, xenophobia and negative-nationalism.
Here are several of the opening lines from Malene Sheppard Skaerved’s powerful words:
soldiers missing too
horror terror violence war
if only it was someone else’s son –
listen to me –
war is the health of the state
dirtied bloodied stinking
The title `A Richer Dust’ comes from a line in Rupert Brooke’s famous poem `The Soldier’ – `In that rich earth a richer dust concealed’. .
“A Richer Dust” will receive its world premiere in the spring of 2015 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA.