Instrumentation: fl (dbl picc & a.fl), cor a, Bb cl, b.cl, bsn, hn, tpt, tbn, tba, 2 perc (vphn, mar, crot) hp, pno, celesta, str (188.8.131.52.1)
The Austerity Measures, for large ensemble, came out of a desire to write music which seems to have a "severity of purpose", by which I mean stripped of anything which might feel “extravagant” or unnecessary. In essence, a work in which the core aesthetic is, by its very nature, ascetic.
It was my intention for the work to feel free of explicit romanticism and of overtly dramatic gesture; to be devoid of decoration, but not necessarily of intricacy. To be, in its own way, quietly austere.