Octava Chamber Orchestra

The Octava Chamber Orchestra, in Seattle, Washington, conducted by Johan Louwersheimer performed a concert on 30 January 2016
This concert included the world premiere of the Delian Suite No 8, which included my piece (Bunny Rabbits) written for my grandmother. The concert programme can be seen here.
This "letter" to my grandmother is a brief recollection of her final years in the 1970s.

She suffered from Parkinsons and became very frustrated with the fact that her body
simply didn't follow the commands of her brain. But she was always a very polite, gentle and yet
determined person - others in this situation might have used swear words, but,
when she found herself immobilised, my gran would simply shout "Bunny Rabbits!".
This would make us laugh and she would laugh along with us.
The frustration is represented in the music by the Delians melodic fragment DEFGEDE (in the D Dorian mode)
interrupted by the timpani, and eventually other instruments, repeating the frustrated "bunny rabbits" theme.
Finally - following her Christian beliefs, her soul goes up to an afterlife in which she is released
from the frustration and the bunny rabbits, who have a final grumble on brass and timpani
and give way to an ethereal minor chord with a major sixth, as suggested by the Dorian mode.

Bunny Rabbits:



Score available on Musica Neo

The Octava Chamber Orchestra also accompanied the bassoonist Franck Leblois in a sequence of settings by the Delian Society of poems by Paul Verlaine including my Fée Verte



(score available at SheetmusicPlus




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