Describe your inspiration for composing the piece. What is its overall conception?
An Deireadh is a concerto movement for Highland Bagpipes and Orchestra. The title is taken from the Scots Gaelic words meaning "The End." An Deireadh could mean so many things. It could mean the end of a life, the end of our way of life, or the end of humanity. The end is chaotic and violent, but the end is not truly the end. The end can be the beginning of something else. Perhaps there will be no hope for us at the end, but there will be hope that something will continue on.
What are some goals you set to accomplish with composing this new work? What are some challenges you faced?
My goal for An Deireadh was to create a piece for bagpipes and orchestra which tries to push the boundary of bagpipe music and its orchestral repertoire. The biggest challenge was the limitation and the volume of the bagpipes, but through extended techniques and clever orchestration, these challenges were overcome.
What are some things that you hope audience members will take away from hearing your piece?
I hope the audience will take away the unique sound the bagpipes can make and the catchy melodies that it will create.