- 3(3=fl/picc).3(3=ob/E.h).3(3=cl/b.cl).3(3=bsn/c.bsn) 18.104.22.168 timp, perc(4), celesta, harp, strings
- Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – Michael Hall, conductor
I Poco allegro
The work is in three movements, with several common thematic ideas shared between movements one and two. The first movement in particular is characterized by the continuous revisiting of a group of basic musical ideas, with the motives always heard from a different perspective and in a different context. The second movement recasts the opening theme of the first into an incipient and finally realized lyrical song. The final movement is a kind of scherzo with changing metres, underpinned with extensive percussion.
Symphony No. 2 was composed in Winnipeg between May and September of 2001. My work on this piece was facilitated by a Major Arts Grant from the Manitoba Arts Council, whose support is gratefully acknowledged.
Symphony No. 2 is dedicated to the memory of my father, John William Matthews, 1919–2001.
February 7, 2002
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Centara Corporation New Music Festival
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra — Michael Hall, conductor