Classical music was my first love, and it will always be my home and the place where I express myself most personally. It is my heart and soul, and even when I’m writing electronic music, I’m imagining it as an orchestral piece. Having said this, I don’t have a lot of classical music to show. I began writing in 1994 and completed a piano concerto in 1995, and then a clarinet sonata in 1997, but as I’m something of a brutal self-critic, I don’t often choose to show my early works to anyone. When I left classical music behind in 1998, I didn’t write anything in notational form until I went back to university in 2011. I spent my time studying exploring a lot of different avenues with instrumental music, particularly playing with chromatic harmony and searching for the point at which tonality falls apart. The best of these exercises was a movement of a string quartet in which I wrote atonal melodies, transformed them using similar methods to serialist composers, but then harmonised them tonally. The work has never been recorded therefore I can’t provide an audio version of it here.
My other successful classical work was the piece I wrote for the WASO Composition Project in 2013. I took part in this program for emerging composers in which I got to work with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and composer/conductor James Ledger. It was a wonderful experience and reinforced my desire to continue on with my orchestral writing. In this piece I once again I focussed on finding the edge of tonality, shifting in and out of keys using dense counterpoint and pointillism; the work was compared to style of Anton Webern by a number of people. Unfortunately as I don’t own the only recording that was made, I can’t make it public on this site.
In the last couple of years I haven’t had the opportunity to write much more of this kind of music, but I do have some big plans on the horizon which I will detail more closer to completion. In the mean time I will do my best to get some of my existing music recorded.