…cascade…echo… was written in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The SSO has had such a profound impact upon Australian music and musical life that the title of the work reflects on this rippling effect a premier institution can have upon the cultural growth of a country. The image of the echoing arcs of the Sydney Opera House itself, where the SSO performs as well as the cascading sounds within the Opera House when the SSO performs was also an element in the conception of the work.
Finally, the shimmering effect of sun on the water of Sydney Harbour and the image of the waves of sound of the orchestra almost bringing this body of water to pulsing life was an image I could not let go of as I wrote this work.
The work is full of powerful chords, muscular dance rhythms and bright orchestration – a musical realization in sound of the qualities I think of when I think of the superb musicianship, upbeat outlook and brilliant color of sound of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Happy Birthday SSO!