I’d never heard of John Pickard, until I stumbled upon his music the other day. It turns out this 50-year-old English composer is quite a going concern. He’s composed a substantial number of orchestral and choral scores, lots of chamber music (including four string quartets), and seems to have a fondness for brass band music. He currently teaches at the University of Bristol. (For more information on John Pickard, see here.)
Indeed, according to program notes written by Pickard (see here), the piece was composed in response to the issues of its day. Specifically, the composer intended the work as a protest against the policies of Margaret Thatcher, then Prime Minister of the UK. To be sure, there is a certain “angry” quality about this music – and although Pickard’s hostility towards the Iron Lady probably never did her any harm, it gave us a fine piece of music. (Composers must take their inspiration from wherever they can find it.)
The YouTube clip below is just an excerpt from the sonata: the opening theme and two variations. However, it works for me as a complete musical statement.
© Colin Eatock 2013