The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness: The Music

The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness is a multi-modal picture book for adults/young adults containing 74 artworks and a 50 minute musical work. It is published by Dirt Lane Press and will be released on 1st March 2022.

The music component is a 50-minute work for large orchestra, choir and solo tenor composed by me with guest composition by Alf Demasi. The music can be listened to whilst reading the book, or on its own. For a comprehensive understanding of the musical work please download the free music resource notes. 

Music Download

A cd of music is provided at the back of the book, but for those who do not have access to a CD player you are welcome to download the complete music as a digital download from the below link:

Audio excerpt 

Below is a brief audio excerpt taken from the full orchestral work.

The Recording

Below is a short video showing the recording of the music for The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness at the Besedni Dum in Brno, Czech Republic 2019. The music was performed by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno conducted by Mikel Toms with solo tenor Ben Reynolds. Narration by Tina Wilson.