Dream-Land was directly inspired by the music of Claude Debussy and Toru Takemitsu. In the early stages of the sketching process, I came across a poem by Edgar Allen Poe. This poem was to have a marked impact upon the creative process and the work as a whole. From the first, I wanted to compose an impressionist work, but also one which could be in the most minute sense programmatic – I’m not particularly comfortable with the idea of telling the listener what to think, feel or hear, and nor am I comfortable with writing suggestive music. Nevertheless, I was greatly inspired by Poe’s words in the process of composing this piece.