Conflicts Shall Pass was written in 2013 and is for an ensemble of oboe, alto saxophone, piano, 2 percussionists and double bass. It lasts just 3 minutes.
The title suggests that the many conflicts we experience in life will eventually end in resolution, especially the conflicts of war. The following quote by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá prefaces the score: ‘Strife and conflict will surely be removed from all the nations of the earth’.
The piece opens in conflict which appears to resolve fairly quickly, however the apparent peace is disrupted by a further outburst of conflict, ending with a crash on the piano. The other instruments gradually appear, tentatively at first, and the work ends in total peace and unity, resolving on a single note.