Reviews

As wave drives wave (2022)

As Wave Drives Wave, Opus 115 (2021, commissioned by the Brisbane Chamber Choir) is an unaccompanied setting of memorable lines from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which he in turn drew from Pythagoras’ The Eternal Flux. The motion of the waves and their restless renewal is used as a metaphor for the certainty of perpetual change in the universe. The imagery in Ovid’s text is very beautiful and possibly even a little melancholy – or maybe granitic and philosophical and hence, sadness is irrelevant. This six-minute piece (SATB divisi) is based on slow-moving harmony with sequences of overlapping and interlocking chords – as if unresolved suspensions were waves pushing waves.” [Debra Shearer-Dirié, “Composers of Today’s Australian Choral Landscape,” International Choral Magazine, Vol. 43, No. 8, April 2024.]