I have to start somewhere and decided my latest completed work is as good a place as any. This symphony unfortunately also happens to be my longest work to date but at least there are timing points so it could be treated initially as four little one movement symphonies if needs be.
The work was inspired by the 4th symphony from Alexander Brincken. Discovering it was a shock -- a symphony written just about 6 years ago but nearly all of the language used would have been familiar to Bruckner, Franz Schmidt or Rachmaninov. The remarkable thing is though that, unlike just about every other contemporary symphony I've heard, it doesn't politely apologize for the occasional tune which might have actually passed the censor but absolutely revels in its melodic invention. The result is wonderful and should be heard by anyone without fixed prejudices about how much of recent musical "developments" it's allowed to ignore. This Toccata release can be found on YouTube and the usual streaming sites. In the spirit of this, I started my 14th which quotes directly from Brincken's main theme in the slow movement. I wrote to him, mainly to thank him for this work and to apologize for quoting him but he insisted on hearing my effort and to my astonishment really seemed to like it, regarding it as "very successful". I'm not so convinced as I failed to capture the spontaneous ecstasy but perhaps it has a few merits of its own. Will be interested to see what people on this forum make of it. it can be found here: