Morning

Oboe, Clarinet in Bb (doubling Bass Clarinet in Bb), Bassoon, Horn in F, Trumpet in Bb, Percussion (Bass Drum, Glockenspiel, 4 Tom-Toms), Piano 

I used to be an early morning person, but as I have become older I
appreciate sleep a lot more. Every morning I wake up to a number of
staggered alarms, set the night before with intentions of prising me from my bed the next day. Once stirred, there is always the inner conflict of ‘do I get up?’. Part of me knows I should rise and be productive, yet the other side of me wishes nothing more than to remain in bed. Fluctuating between the two, I drift in and out of sleep. How long can I continue to doze? Have I got enough time to get sorted? Just ten more minutes..

Ultimately I always have to wake up.

February 2016.

Performed and recorded by Ensemble Modern. Conducted by Toby Thatcher.