Splinter

This is a short story, not about a hero, but about a pillar. It is a pillar that has stood in the same place, undisturbed, for generations. In truth, some of its origins are unknown, but if you look closely, you can see the many ways it has become part of the fabric of today. It looms high above us on the one hand, conquering the space around it, and yet on the other, has roots dug deep into the values we continue to uphold.

A pillar can be a monument or something that supports a larger structure. In this case, it is both.

There is also a little splinter now. It has become lodged in the pillar. The origins of the splinter are also unknown, and few have looked closely into the many ways it has become part of the fabric of today. It is very small, especially compared to the pillar, to the extent that it is easy to ignore. That is, until it isn’t.

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Year: 2022

Instrumentation: Double Bass and Orchestra: 2 +picc, 2, 2, 2+contra, 2, 2, 2, 1, perc (bass drum, 3 tom toms, 5 temple blocks, sus cymbal, crotales), hrp, solo DB, str

Duration: 10'

Commissioned by: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Premiered by: Sebastian Pinner and the LPO cond. Brett Dean

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