Dòchas means HOPE in Scottish Gaelic, pronounced with the ch sounding like the ch in Scottish loch and ò an extended oh.
Dòchas is one in a series of fanfares Commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada with financial assistance from the Government of Canada.
I chose the title based in part on my ancestral roots (Scottish, Irish, English, German, French, Scandinavian, Asian, South American) and for its meaning.
Given the current unrest and turmoil globally with a large percentage of the world’s population facing hopelessness and despair, I felt it was important to express HOPE through music; to move forward, to exist, to believe, we must have HOPE!
In the Harmonic progression incorporated over the last six measures of the fanfare, I literally expressed the following:
Believe, Beloved, Be Loved / Everyone, Equality / Faith, Forgiveness / Compassion, Charity / HOPE / Eternity
[Program note by the composer]
2 Flutes 2 Oboes 2 Clarinets in A
4 Horns in F 2 Trumpets in Bb 3 Trombones (2 Tenor 1 Bass)
Percussion: Orchestra Bells, Tubular Bells, Bass Drum, Suspended cymbal