This area is dedicated to music composed in support of The Rights of Living Things, and The Rights of Sentient Beings, a unified declaration of ten ethical principles. The four pieces below will form a suite of short works that are planned for each article.
Music reaches a diverse audience, and we connect with music very differently than to written text. Music encourages me to consider rights from an emotional, non-rational perspective, it wakens me to feeling as well as thought. In my experience, ideas only result in action when they impact on both the head and heart.
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Life extends from organic to partially-organic and non-organic beings who are sentient.
Sound Designs, Strings, Brass, Percussion, Solo Piano and Duduk.
Defining life and how I act towards it challenges my sense of human self-importance.
Music is sometimes more easily accepted than an idea. When I hear disparate sounds and rhythms forming an unlikely cohesive whole, I am more willing to also consider revisiting my long-held assumptions.
A driving pulse permeates traditional, orchestral, and designed elements. Rhythms play in sympathy and syncopation. A sea of strings ebbs, flows, and shakes. As the music draws its breath at its center, a percussive piano weaves up and down in search of the Duduk, an ancient and beautiful Armenian double-reed instrument made of apricot wood that joins and sings soulfully with the ebullient ever present palpitation of life.
A living being has the right to defend and protect itself with a proportionate response when in imminent risk, but not to carry out a preemptive attack.
For Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Solo Cello and Piano.
The music Fragile Earth was composed in support of The Right of Self Protection. I consider whether this right could reasonably extend to defending and protecting the earth against the grave risk humans cause to the environment and countless living species.
Asserting my right of self protection is linked with my judgement of how serious and impending the threat. At what point does my failure to act cause irreparable harm to life? Is supporting the conservation movement one in the same as my right to self protection?
Defending my right to self protection is not confined solely to the physical realm. I can also seek to persuade others of the importance of my rights with those things I say and make. My effort with Fragile Earth is to cause pause and encourage the consideration of the scope of rights and their mutual advantage.
All life has the right to be regarded as important and potentially beneficial to the world.
The Wren in Winter
For Piano, Strings, Oboe D'Amore, Bassoon, Piccolo, Trumpet, Woodwind section, and French Horns.
The wren is a tiny bird and frequent visitor to my garden. As a child, my favourite coin was the farthing that featured a beautiful depiction of a wren on one side. That it was the lowest unit of currency that ceased to be used in the year of my birth made it all the more valuable.
I rarely use explicit representation in my art and music, however the idea of what it is to value something is so abstract and personal, I thought it helpful when supporting this principle.
Look left from oak to right of beech,
Glance up to slumbered canapy,
A ball of rufous mottled feathers fills with crisp cold air,
You beauty of the frozen mist and frosted whitened wood,
Sing loud, sing long with spirit full your silken rare and rippled song.
A sentient being has the right to give and receive love.
Without Reason I Will Love
For Violin, Piano, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, English Horn, Boroque Bassoon, and Strings.
Love has no reason save itself
Save: other than, but, except. To keep safe or rescue from harm or danger. To store for future use.
As love is many things to people and takes many forms, it is perhaps helpful to express my understanding:
Love: powerful, positive feelings and actions towards another, or others. More than attraction or desire. The foundation of a life well lived.
With this in mind, The Right to Love is not confined to personal and romantic love, but applies more widely to the right to feel and act with love.