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 first two pieces mark the start of 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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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.
The Right to Love
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.