Symphony No. 1 “Reminiscence”

Peter Drew composer
Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra | Ivan Josip Skender conductor

Release Date: August 26, 2022
Catalog #: NV6441
Format: Digital
21st Century

Peter Drew’s SYMPHONY NO. 1 “REMINISCENCE” is a pastiche of sorts; it gathers up the musical moments that have touched the composer throughout his life. These musical reminiscences recall his excitement as a very young boy, listening to the works of the great western composers through the speaker of a portable radio, and musically encapsulate his discovery of jazz and popular music. The symphony eventually carries listeners well beyond the shores of America to Africa, Australia, Brazil, throughout Europe, India, and Mongolia. Those who follow Drew along this symphonic journey are sure to reap the rewards of the composer’s lifelong dedication to music in all its forms.


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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 Symphony No. 1 “Reminiscence”: I. Journey Peter Drew Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra | Ivan Josip Skender, conductor 8:49
02 Symphony No. 1 “Reminiscence”: II. Pictures in an Album Peter Drew Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra | Ivan Josip Skender, conductor 7:03
03 Symphony No. 1 “Reminiscence”: III. Bach to Bach Peter Drew Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra | Ivan Josip Skender, conductor 6:31
04 Symphony No. 1 “Reminiscence”: IV. The Return Peter Drew Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra | Ivan Josip Skender, conductor 8:44

Recorded January 10-11, 2022 at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia
Producer Krešimir Seletković
Engineer Filip Vidovic

Special thanks to Deanna Drew
Arranged & Orchestrated by Douglas Gibson
Score Production Philip Rothman / NYC Music Services
Music Preparation Joseph Trefler

Photography Dave Wexler

Executive Producer Bob Lord

A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Quinton Blue

VP of Production Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
Production Director Levi Brown
Production Manager Jean Noël Attard
Production Assistant Martina Watzková
Editing, Mixing & Mastering Melanie Montgomery

VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming, Morgan Hauber
Publicity Patrick Niland, Aidan Curran

Artist Information

Peter Drew

Peter Drew


Peter Drew passed through many lifetimes until he honed in on a career in music. As a teenager, he joined the high school orchestra but nothing came of it. He then bought a student clarinet, looked at it, blew a few notes and stuck it in a closet.

Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra


The Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra boasts 150 years of tradition of first-class musicianship in Zagreb and across Croatia. It acts as a promoter of the art of music in Croatia and a cultural ambassador of Croatia in the world. It is a symbol of the city in which it operates and a musical institution that captures the urban image of Zagreb as a central European musical, art and cultural centre.


This work is a pastiche — an agglomeration of the musical sounds that have gathered in my mind over the course of my life.

As a very young boy, I loved listening to classical music radio stations, playing the full repertoire of the great composers from the 18th and 19th centuries.

At 10 years old, I was transfixed by hearing Toscanini conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. I began collecting LPs and noticed how music directors performed and interpreted pieces differently.

In my teens, I was introduced to the various sounds of jazz and popular music — American composers like Gershwin, Copland, and others influenced by American folk music.

My musical journey eventually traveled well beyond the shores of America, to Africa, Australia, Brazil, throughout Europe, India, and Mongolia.

I was fascinated by the emotional impact of different instruments, including the human voice — from primitive instruments like the didgeridoo to Tuvan throat singing. In motion pictures, an instrument, timbre, or gesture can dramatically evoke different stories — from the theremin in psychological thrillers, to the brassiness of Miklós Rózsa, or the grandeur of John Williams.

I’ve named my symphony Reminiscence, as it captures so many of the musical influences that have shaped my life.

The first movement, entitled “Journey,” is a tribute to the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’s piece Little Train of the Caipira, as well as the mysterious folk songs of the French Auvergne region.

The second movement, “Pictures in an Album,” pays homage to Mussorgsky, with traces of Copland’s American sound.

The third movement, “Bach to Bach,” contains Miklós Rózsa’s strident brass sounds, as well as Bach’s fugues.

The last movement, “The Return,” picks up the original theme, a driving ostinato, which eventually dissipates with a ritardando.

— Peter Drew


Symphony No. 1 “Reminiscence” (excerpt)

Peter Drew