Vita Destructa gains it title from the devastating February 2011 earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand. The Christchurch area was severally damaged, 185 lives were lost and many more were severely injured. The piece contrasts violent, original music with
various transformations of the hymn tune Abide with Me in order to depict the events of the earthquake. The musical narrative embodies the underlying experiences of life in the midst of natural disaster, and show mans ability to rebuild and recover from such events.
Commissioned by Professor David King for National Australia Brass in recognition of the work done by Dame Adrienne Stewart, a longtime Christchurch resident, on behalf of the arts across Australia and New Zealand.
Todd Smith is currently a New Zealand based brass band composer. Ever since starting to learn brass instruments at age 9, Todd has always had an interest in composing. After enjoying many years of success in New Zealand as a euphonium player, it wasn't until 2013 when he received his first commission for a major work, 'Vita Destructa'. Since the premier of the work Todd has become a sort after composer in the Australasian area, becoming the Composer-in- Residence for Footscray Yarraville City Band of Australia, and becoming Associate Composer for National Australia Brass. He also has worked closely with the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band, with them providing world and UK premiers to two of Todds major works - 'Vita Destructa' and 'Inferno'. Although young, his talent surpasses his years as he continues to prove himself as a composer who can stand up among the very best.