Since coming back from a wonderfully full 10 days at the Lunenburg Academy of Music, I spent a hectic week throwing together what will be a short new work to be recorded by the National Youth Orchestra of Canada at their residence in Wilfred Laurier University on July 8-9. The opportunity came about as I was selected as one of the finalists in their annual RBC Composer-in-Residence search. The result: a two and a half minute work for large orchestra titled “Drums Crashing on the Waltz of War“. The piece has a rather long title for its length, but I think it makes the most sense considering what the music is about. The piece is half a concerto for strings, and the other half an experiment in Ivesian dissonance and juxtaposition. Led by maestro Gary Kulesha, the NYOC delivered a wonderful recording after only a one hour rehearsal which I am very pleased to be able to share with everyone. For those interested in obtaining a score or a set of parts, please contact me directly.