- May 2012
- 7 mins
- Orchestra; 3 (III=picc), 3 (III=cor anglais), 3 (III=Eb, Bb bass), 3 (III=contrabassoon) – 4,3,2,1 – timps, perc(3) – pno – strings
A tone poem for large orchestra, Afterglow attempts to express audibly the simultaneous darkening and warming of the light that happens as the sun goes down. The transition from bright clear light of day into the more muted warmth of what photographers call the ‘golden hour’ before sunset, and finally into the ‘afterglow’ as the sky both darkens and turns a deep red or purple is something I’ve witnessed many times on the North York Moors.
Afterglow was workshopped by the University of York Symphony Orchestra in May 2012 and was selected by the orchestra members to be premiered in December 2012.