Laws of Motion

(2020)
Program note
Although I received the assignment for this work a year earlier, I composed Laws of Motion during the COVID-19 pandemic, a crisis that turned the whole world upside down. For me as a composer not much changed during this period. However, the loss of concert life was a blow to all artists.

Yet the crisis has also caused the world to start thinking about change. Whether in the field of politics, environment, economy or society: we can not continue as usual.

Laws of Motion is about the change that has been initiated globally — a movement that will hopefully turn the tide in many areas.

In recent months, I have been touched by the global protests around Black Lives Matter. I had to do something with it in this work. That is why the trumpets in the first part play the Gregorian antiphon Nigra sum ("I am black, but beautiful").

The second part is a ground on a descending bass line, a lamento that gradually turns into a song of hope. In the third part, the whole orchestra sings a battle hymn, led by the snare drums — a motion towards the light that follows a period of darkness.
Score sample
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Scoring
2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets in B flat
2 Bassoons

2 Horns in F
2 Trumpets in C

Percussion (2 performers):
1 Vibraphone
2 Marimbas
2 Snare Drums
1 Bass Drum

Strings
Duration
11'30''
More info
Commissioned by Phion
First performance
First performance by Phion and Jamie Phillips, 1 October 2020 in Deventer Schouwburg
Sheet music
Available for rent/purchase from Deuss Music.