DIANA MCINTOSH TALKS ABOUT THROUGH THE VALLEY: MILGAARD, A SYMPHONIC WORK FOR ORCHESTRA, PIANO, AND SPOKEN VOICE

When the conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, asked me to write this work, (he had just read Joyce's book, A Mother's Story), I realized what a major challenge it would be, because of the poignant nature of the story. It was very important to be sure that it didn't get maudlin. It needed to express just the truth, the facts.

The song Joyce wrote is one of the most moving parts in my work, according to the audience reaction, because of the simplicity and the heartfelt feeling in this song. It's an odd thing to put in a contemporary symphonic work, and I hesitated doing it, but it really worked at an emotional, dramatic point in the whole thing.

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