Programme Notes

R.O.O.T. is my first orchestral composition, inspired by the biblical passage from Job 14:7-9. The message of the piece is to encourage people to keep their faith and remain strong, even in the face of adversity.

The piece is divided into three sections, each representing a different stage in the struggle against challenges. The opening section is a declaration of war, with the church bells announcing the impending conflict. The music is chaotic and tense, reflecting the anxiety and anticipation of what is to come.

The second section represents the battle itself, with a powerful and aggressive statement. The enemy marches in, and a fierce fight ensues, ultimately resulting in defeat and displacement. The music is somber and mournful as the people are forced to flee their homes.

The third section begins with a return of the church bells, signaling a new beginning. The haunting sound of the Cor Anglais and French Horn symbolizes the people’s reunion and their renewed faith in a brighter future. The music is triumphant and uplifting, with a sense of hope and determination for the challenges ahead.

R.O.O.T. reflects the idea that even when a tree is cut down and its physical form destroyed, its roots can continue to grow and sprout new life. Similarly, our faith and beliefs can endure even in difficult times, providing the strength and resilience to overcome adversity and emerge stronger on the other side.

Dedicated to my beloved hometown Hong Kong.

Year of Composition:

8 minutes

piccolo, 2 flutes, 3 oboes
(3rd doubling cor anglais),
3 clarinets (3rd doubling
bass clarinet), 3 bassoons
(3rd doubling contrabassoon),
4 horns, 3 trumpets,
3 trombones, tuba,
timpani, 3 percussion,
piano, harp and strings

27 January 2022 (Thu)
Concert Hall, RNCM, Manchester

RNCM Brand New Orchestra

Leon Frantzen