Symphonic Reflections is scored for two soloists (soprano and baritone) and a large orchestra. It is the most recent in a long line of collaborative works with the poet Michael Harlow
The nine Harlow texts are grouped in threes making three movements. The texts themselves are as the title suggests, reflective, thoughtful about everyday situations. If there is a common theme it is the feeling of wonder. This feeling is often accompanied in the music by a sequence of chords with strings, harp, piano and crotales which serves as an “idée fixe” throughout the work. This theme is heard for the first time at the end of the first song: bars 67 to 74, p. 14
The "swarms of angels" in Text 3 inspired me to make the following "swarms of triangles":
This information was used several times during the work but notably in the introduction to the third text (movement 1).
Here are the computer sounds for the three movements, followed by the Full Score, Parts and the Piano Score (for rehearsing with the soloists)