Symphony Orchestra - Advanced - A Child Imagined

Composer: Dani Maree Ashmore

Grade: Advanced / Professional

Category: Symphony Orchestra

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Duration 8:05 min


Movement 1 - The Dream

Movement 2 - The Adventure

Movement 3 - The Fantasy


Program Notes

"A Child Imagined" aims to capture a world seen through the eyes of a child. The piece begins with a simple melodic motif featured on xylophone which is then repeated and transformed in various ways throughout its three contrasting movements. The writing features interweaving rhythms, soaring melodies and is full of fun and vibrant imagination. This charming piece has a child-like innocence and playfulness which I hope will capture your heart and take you on your own journey back to childhood. 

Composer Bio

Dani Maree Ashmore is a musician and composer based in Melbourne, Australia. She began her musical journey in her schooling years formally learning violin and then cello. However, over the years she self-taught and performed with many different instruments including piano, guitar, electric bass, and percussion. Currently she enjoys playing across a wide range of genres, including playing in local orchestras and concert bands.

Dani’s first experience as a composer was as a singer-songwriter, writing and performing her own music and composing for local musical theatre. In 2014, she completed a Bachelor of Applied Music (Composition) at Box Hill Institute and began specialising in writing orchestral, concert music and film scores. Over her career she has written both original works and arrangements for various ensembles ranging from duets and quartets through to ensembles and full orchestras. She has also had the pleasure of hearing many of them performed live. Additionally, she has had her music featured in short films, advertisements and music videos; most of which were competition finalists. Dani aims to write music that is both fun to play and enjoyable to listen to.

Instrumentation: Fl 1 2 (dbl. Picc), Ob 1 2, Bsn 1 2, Bb Clar 1 2

Hn 1 2, Bb Tpt 1 2, Tbn 1 2, Tuba

Piano, Timpani, Sn Dr, Bs Dr, Sus Cym, Cr Cymbals, Glock, Xylophone, 

Violin 1 2, Viola, Cello, Contrabass

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