Tears of Joy

6/4/00 for ensemble

Composer’s note

To my mother, Maureen van der Walt; 18/8/1930-28/6/2000

Time passes;
we mourn.

Remembering the past,
we cry tears of joy.


For four (or five) winds, two keyboards (piano or electric piano sounds), electric guitar, electric bass.

  • Wind parts: original instrumentation was two flutes, clarinet and alto sax, with (optionally) tenor sax reading from clarinet part also
  • Current instrumentation is flute, electric violin, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax
  • Many other groupings possible

Shortlisted by the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM)

Duration ~7.25′