An Account of a Sea-Voyage I Took Last September


This music is an account of the ideas and sensations I encountered during a voyage at sea, in the Strait of Georgia off Vancouver Island, BC, last September [September 2006]. In attempting to express these states of mind, I have borrowed a substantial — though now well-hidden — structural element of Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides ("Fingal's Cave") overture, also an account of a voyage at sea.

Strait of Georgia, British Columbia
Strait of Georgia, British Columbia

Largo libero — Lento assai, cantabile — Ritmico, agitato — Tempo I, piu mosso — Tempo di Agitato — Com primo ma piu vivo — Com Tempo II, cantabile, piu vivo — Subito: vivo, agitato


10 minutes

Instrumentation, 2hn, tpt, perc (vibraphone), strings

First performance

Oxford Philomusica, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, June 2007

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