© By Bill Campbell
“Around 1995,there was much talk about what was being termed as the peace process. There seemed to be a lot of hysteria and I couldn’t help think that the victims had been forgotten in the midst of all of this.
Of course the balance eventually shifted towards victims in the course of time. At that time I was commissioned to write a Piano Trio for the Barbican Piano Trio. I decided to use this troubled thought [of the forgotten victims] as an emotional core to the piece.
In the closing section I evoked some ghostly wailing in the strings (which some listeners thought were emergency sirens) over which was an elegiac chordal pattern played by the piano.”