Harbour Symphony (1988)  
for six boat horns in St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland

As a participant of the Sound Symposium in 1988 in St. John's Newfoundland I was invited to write a Harbour Symphony for one of the daily noon performances between July 6 and 16. After having written one in 1986 for over 100 boats in the much larger and more open Vancouver harbour, this seemed like an easy and focussed task. Unlike in Vancouver, the sound of each of the horns was known to me and I could, in fact, anticipate fairly accurately how the piece would sound!

What came as a total surprise, however, while recording the one and only performance of this piece from Signal Hill above the harbour, was that a bird would be singing its song very near my microphone during the opening of this Harbour Symphony!