Though I made several attempts at orchestral music when I was younger (only two of which I ever completed, and only one surviving into the present), Creed is my first attempt after having undertaken some formal study of orchestration. It is a short slow movement with a narrative directly based on the Nicene Creed. Despite the nature of the source material, there is no intent to express any specific religious meaning. The entire piece comprises a single large gesture: a gradual progression from an initial germ of an idea to a grand and resolute statement of profound belief, and, ultimately, prayerful contemplation.
Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in B flat, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets in B flat, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Strings
Duration: 5 minutes
Premiere: February 13, 2014, Conservatory Concert Hall, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music • Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Jason Lai, conductor