2(I=bass fl; II=picc)-2(II=cor ang)-2(I=Ebcl; II=bass cl)-sop sax-2(II=contrabsn) / 4-2-3-1 / 2 perc / timps (=lion's roar) / elec org (=cel, pno) / hp / 14-0-0-4-3
First performance by Sue-Ellen Paulsen and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by En Shao, Odeon Theatre, Hobart, 22 August 1995
. . . the important thing about Ford's critique of symphonic production is that he works from within traditional structures . . . His writing is uncompromisingly progressive, but the notation is perfectly standard, eschewing the minefields of new complexity manuscripts . . . [The Great Memory] is decidedly dense, full of tropes and ironic rhetorical moves. At the same time, it revels in the self-reflexive devices which are a feature of postmodern texts; listening to it is a bit like reading Eco. Yet notwithstanding this slight epistemological tension, the consequent symphonic effects are stunning both aurally and spatially.
Martin Ball, siglo