Shattered Dreams for Orchestra

Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
7 minutes
Modern classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

"Shattered Dreams for Orchestra" is loosely based on my solo piano piece "Shattered Dreams." It was actually started for the 2006 Honolulu Symphony reading session and became my most complex orchestral piece. I began writing it about four weeks before the score was due, so it was submitted as a work in progress. This version reflects the score turned in to the HSO, with its original orchestration problems and incomplete ending (if I finish this piece, I expect it to be at least twice as long).

The piece tells the story of my own "Shattered Dreams" (pretty dramatic, I know), where I was always immersed in my "perfect world"… until reality hit me hard in my head. A terrible truth was uncovered that meant my dream could never be realized…

Unfortunately the big, climactic moment where I discovered the truth hasn't been written yet. The piece currently has an introduction (supposed to be like me beginning to tell the story), the symbolic "love theme" (violin solo), forshadowing of pain, and a perceived happier moment. Then it abruptly ends because it's incomplete.

Please listen to the MP3 file for a good idea of how I want it (created using EWQLSO gold and GPO; not an actual recording of the Honolulu Symphony). I hope you enjoy this piece!

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