Creed (2013)

Though I made several attempts at orchestral music when I was younger (only two of which I ever completed, and only one surviving into the present), Creed is my first attempt after having undertaken some formal study of orchestration. It is a short slow movement with a narrative directly based on the Nicene Creed. Despite the nature of the source material, there is no intent to express any specific religious meaning. The entire piece comprises a single large gesture: a gradual progression from an initial germ of an idea to a grand and resolute statement of profound belief, and, ultimately, prayerful contemplation.

Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in B flat, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets in B flat, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Strings

Duration: 5 minutes

Premiere: February 13, 2014, Conservatory Concert Hall, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music • Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Jason Lai, conductor

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