Cries of the Stentor is dedicated to the memory of Anthony Raisbeck.
The original version of this work was written for soprano sax and piano and premiered by saxophonist Gerard McChrystal and pianist Kathryn Page at the Purcell Room in1995. I chose the soprano as I am a soprano player myself and wanted to exploit its vivid upper register, vocal-like sonorities and its intrinsic virtuosity, although primarily as a vehicle for its expressive qualities rather than mere technical display. 'Stentor' (a loud-voiced herald in ancient times of war) appropriately depicts the great emotional turmoil I was experiencing at the time of writing this piece.
Although the original version was written for the soprano, it can also be played on tenor.
This orchestration was kindly done for me by Edward Watson.