Five poems

Tyler Versluis
Composition Date: 2016
Duration: 00:20:38


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 2 x Violoncello
Programme Note:
This song cycle was composed as part of a collaboration between writer Lindsay Mason and visual artist Timothy Goertzen. Mason penned the text which was to be used in the cycle, five poems in total, and Goertzen produced five paintings to accompany each of the poems. The cycle is a dispassionate and frequently austere observation on solitude and stasis; the poem’s winter imagery mirrors the emotional qualities of the writer, a type of suspended living as nature sleeps silently under the banks of snow. But something living stirs under the surface…

Premiere Information:
Walter Hall
30 Oct 2016
Maeve Palmer, soprano Emily Belvedere, harp Amahl Arulandandam, Amina Holloway, violoncello Tyler Versluis, direction


  • Call Number:
  • AR3301
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • December 11, 2016
  • Type:
  • Sound recording, archival
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 streaming audio file ; (20:38)
    This is a streaming audio track, part of the CentreStreams project. CentreStreams is made possible through the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada and CBC Radio 2.
    Ceci est une piste de son en continu, du projet Musiflots. Musiflots a été mis sur pied grâce au soutien du ministère du Patrimoine canadien, du Trust pour la préservation de l'audiovisuel et de CBC Radio 2.
  • Additional Information:
  • For soprano, harp and two violoncelli. Performers: Maeve Palmer, soprano; Emily Belvedere, harp; Amahl Arulandandam & Amina Holloway, violoncelli; Tyler Versluis, conductor. World premiere 30 October 2016 in Walter Hall, Toronto. Recorded by Peter Olsen.

    I. Reading Late
    II. Wintering
    III. Salt
    IV. Sleeping Alone
    V. Intuition
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