22 Mar 2015

Letters From The Front

From Standing Room Only, 1:47 pm on 22 March 2015

Spirit of Anzac

Michael Williams is a Waikato-based composer who has been working on writing Letters From The Front, which is his first symphony. He matches letters from the First World War with musical movements and it will debut performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in April to coincide with ANZAC Day commemorations. This is the second piece of music Williams has written recently about War. His opera The Juniper Passion is based on the battle of Montecassino during World War Two in 2012.

He talks to Simon Morris about turning letters into a symphony.

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