Three Musings

Duration:                 8 minutes
Year:                          2010


Program Notes

    Three Musings – a triptych for chamber orchestra” was written in 2010, and is a set of three miniatures entitled “Lullaby”, “Scherzo”, and “Lament”.  Originally conceived as a set of four miniatures, the middle movement was taken out in favor of a slow-fast-slow structure for the piece.  I wanted to produce a set of three unique studies for orchestra, each featuring different textures and styles.  The first movement entitled Lullaby, is a miniature featuring glissandi in the strings.  Inspired in part by Debussy’s “Nocturnes”, a simple diatonic melody line is passed between the woodwinds and coloured by various instruments in the orchestra.  The second movement “Scherzo” is a jubilant and fun dash for orchestra, the highlight of which is a bombastic duet for double horns.  The “Lament” passes the spotlight to the principal players of the string section as each soloist plays the theme in imitation, creating an overlapping effect.

    You can also check out an interview I did on Classic 107FM in Winnipeg in January 2014 about Three Musings:

Performance History

  • Mar 21, 2011, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
    Jean Coulthard Readings, Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC
    Pierre Simard conducting
  • Apr 17, 2011, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra
    Maureen Forrester Hall, Waterloo, ON
    Graham Coles conducting
  • Feb 26, 2013, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
    Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, ON
    Gary Kulesha conducting
  • Jan 28, 2014, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
    Centennial Hall, Winnipeg, MB
    Julian Pelicano conducting
  • Feb 06, 2015, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
    Conrad Centre for the Arts, Waterloo, ON
    Edwin Outwater conducting
  • Mar 28, 2015, East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra
    Wright Auditorium, Greenville, NC, USA
    Jorge Richter conducting
  • Apr 10, 2015, Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra
    Martingrove Collegiate, Etobicoke, ON
    Sabatino Vacca
  • Feb 06, 2016, Oklahoma University Symphony Orchestra
    Sharp Concert Hall, Norman, OK, USA
    4×4 Composer and Conductor Prizes
  • Oct 21, 2017, Kennett Symphony Orchestra
    Kennett Square, PA, USA
    Michael Hall conducting
  • Apr 15, 2018, Prince George Symphony Orchestra
    Vanier Hall, Prince George, BC, Canada
    Michael Hall conducting
  • Oct 25, 2019, University of Louisville Symphony
    62nd College Music Society National Conference
    Louisville, KY, USA


February 2014 – reviewed in La Liberte – Pierre Meunier.  More info

“L’OSW (Winnipeg Symphony) était de retour à la salle du Centenaire les mardi et mercredi. On a pu entendre de belles pièces de style classique dont les créations de Three Muslings (2013) de Roydon Tse, œuvre gagnante du Prix des jeunes compositeurs du Centre de musique canadienne (Prairies)”

Score and Parts

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