The Dawn Wind was commissioned by the Co-Curricular Branch of the Ministry of Education for the Singapore Youth Festival 2011 Central Judging of Choirs (Junior Colleges/Centralised Institute).
Both the text and the musical ideas in this piece describe the sights and sounds one may hear at two o’ clock in the morning, but only if you open the window and listen carefully. Your reward – glistening moonlight, rustling leaves, shadows, the breaking darkness and bird songs as the first light of dawn breaks; and then, finally, the flood of light as the sun rises and the dawn wind abates.
This is a competition piece with great scope for interpretation.
I heard “The Dawn Wind” for the first time tonight. Although I expected it to sound great, I was not quite prepared for the intensity of imagination and inspiration propelling the flow of musical ideas. I felt enraptured by each magical moment that came and went. What a truly unique masterpiece!