I have my daughters staying for a few days in the holiday period (although holidays are the same as any other days for me). But I am snatching time here and there to continue my work with my orchestra. At present I am working on a spectacular orchestration of an impossibly difficult piano piece by Liszt. It's one where the pianist has to have hands that can easily encompass a tenth, so I could never play it. At the tempo Liszt probably expected the orchestration will push credibility to the limit, as few (if any) orchestras could play it up to speed, although it will be technically possible! I expect to include it on one of next year's CDs.
Also I have been preparing Pip! by Martin Wesley-Smith, which is a work for children with singer-narrator. Words are by Martin's twin brother Peter.
A lot of fun!
And again also, Medea for string orchestra by Robert Constable. This is a hauntingly beautiful work which dates from some time ago when Robert was asked to write some incidental music for a play of the same name. This will also appear on one of next year's CDs.
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