The Laws of Science II
The Laws of Science II is a mini concerto for 2 timpani and orchestra, composed November 1994 and dedicated to Kamerorkest Driebergen, an amateur orchestra. The premiere took place March 18 1995 by Kamerorkest Driebergen featuring Necolaas Dusseldorp on timpani and conducted by Dirkjan Horringa. The concerto was inspired by the soundscape The Laws of Science, based on quotes about cosmos, time and space by British scientist Stephen Hawking. ‘God would not have had any freedom to chose how the universe began. Instead, I would use the term ‘god’ as the embodiment of the laws of physics. We are such insignificant creatures on a minor planet of a very average star on the outer suburbs of one of a hundred-thousand-million galaxies. So it is difficult to believe in a god that would care about us, if he even noticed our existence’.
Timpani can sound quite decisive, like scientific axioms. Timpani hardly ever ‘doubt’. So when I was asked to write a mini concerto for timpani, I decided to use the structure of Laws of Science for this concerto.
Orchestration: 2222,2200, marimba (or xylophone, or piano) , percussion, strings.
Published by DONEMUS and PEER Classical.