On the Hearth (2012) for orchestra - ca. 5'
James Newton Howard (left) with Saad Haddad
Commissioned by the Thornton School of Music for the 2012 Charles Dickens Dinner
ASCAP article featuring James Newton Howard and Saad Haddad
Premiered December 2012: Thornton Tribute Orchestra conducted by Brent McMunn at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA
In October 2012, the Thornton School of Music named me the inaugural “James Newton Howard Scholar” for my work in film music at the University of Southern California. As part of that honor, I was commissioned to compose this five minute orchestral piece in the spirit of Christmas for the Charles Dickens Dinner. Before I began writing, I read one of Dickens’ lesser known Christmas books, “The Cricket on the Hearth,” which inspired me to compose themes for the cricket (the “chirp tune”) heard at the beginning of the piece, Peerybingle’s masculine theme, Dot’s love theme, and of course, Tackleton’s antagonist theme.