9 Sep 2022

Anthony RITCHIE: A Bugle Will Do

From Music Alive, 8:05 pm on 9 September 2022
Anthony Ritchie

Anthony Ritchie Photo: Gareth Watkins / Lilburn Trust / Wallace Arts Trust

Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gemma New.

In 1995 I was approached by the NZSO to write an overture to commemorate the recent death of New Zealand's most famous war hero, Sir Charles Upham. Upham was famous for having won the Victoria Cross twice for bravery during World War II. He was, however, extremely modest when it came to discussing his achievements. Some years before his death it was suggested to Upham that he have a state funeral; he simply replied, "A bugle will do". This comment seemed like a good starting point for my piece.

There are no bugles in the orchestra, but the opening section depicting the horrors of battle contains plenty of brass. (Anthony Ritchie)

Recorded 9 September 2022, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert

Producer: David McCaw

Sound Engineer: Darryl Stack