Works Sweet Anticipation John Young

Sweet Anticipation

  • John Young
  • Year of composition: 2018
  • Duration: 17:00
  • Instrumentation: 16-channel fixed medium
To my daughters

This work is based largely on field recordings I made in New York City. Despite the presence of some recognisable sounds, the intention is not to evoke a literal sense of place. Rather, I have aimed to investigate the energy and spatial depth afforded by the sounds I captured, which are inevitably shaped by human expressions full of intensity and zeal. The chance recording of subway preachers eventually suggested to me the title — borrowed from David Huron’s wonderful study of musical expectation — framing the real intention of the work: to explore ways in which interactions of sound, silence, and timbral blending might evoke implications, expectations and questions.



  • November 3, 2018, Sound Junction Autumn 2018: Concert 4: John Young, Firth Hall — The University of Sheffield, Sheffield (England, UK)