Instrumentation: 2222 4231 T+2 Hp Pno Strings
Composed Summer 2017
Selected for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's 2018 Jean Coulthard Readings.
A Battle Story takes us through a (somewhat romanticized) war experience. Wars are often started over simple matters, which grow and develop into bigger problems; likewise, the piece features the simple motif of do-re-mi-mi, throughout in many renditions; becoming the backbone of the piece.
The piece starts on foggy plains. It's hard to distinguish what is to come, but whatever it is, we know it's there. Battle calls sound and chaos ensues. A disorienting melody rings out in 7/8, until calmness envelops the battlefield as the first wave ends. A glorious anthem, derived from the simple theme, rings out in a burst of patriotism, but soon enough, we are brought back onto the battlefield with the ominous, foreboding sense of war...
February 18, 2017: D.I.D. Choi along with Ramsey Sadaka, Thomas Beckman, Carolyn Quick, Jaelem Bhate, and Matthieu Foresi at the 2017 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Jean Coulthard Readings.