1 movement, 4 minutes 30 seconds
fl, ob, 2cl, 2bn;
25 October 2013
Open University Orchestra
Hugh Molloy, conductor
Milton Keynes, England
17 July 2013
Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra
J.J. Warshaw, conductor
Arguably, no man was more responsible for ending the Second World War than Alan Turing, who cracked the Nazi’s enigma codes, thus ensuring an Allied victory. After the war, however, instead of being treated like the hero he was, Turing was so hounded for being gay that he committed suicide.
I was taken by Turing’s story when I first encountered it in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, and wrote this piece— originally for piano— in 2012 to commemorate his centennial. Through a little bit of arithmatic, I encoded Turing’s name into a sequence of six musical notes, and then used them to construct this series of variations.