Break Up Make Up
triple concerto for flute, cello, piano and chamber orchestra

Aaron Gervais
Composer
Aaron Gervais
Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:17:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Multiple Soloists, Misc Mixed Ensemble Soloists

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute ( Solo )
  • 1 x Piano ( Solo )
  • 1 x Violoncello ( Solo )
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:
Break Up Make Up exists essentially because two Vancouver groups—the Nu:BC Collective (piano trio) and Turning Point Ensemble(chamber orchestra)—wanted to perform together. They approached me to compose a piece that would place Nu:BC as concertosoloists within the larger Turning Point instrumentation, setting up what is essentially a modern interpretation of the baroque concertogrosso.Immediately my mind went to the idea of pitting the two ensembles against each other: opposing forces that try to wrestle the musicalmaterial away in a sort of tug-of-war. But I didn’t want this to be a one-trick pony, so sometimes the ensembles would have to cooperatetoo, putting aside their differences and playing together as one big happy orchestra.That framework allowed me to set up a sort of consonance/dissonance relationship in terms of how well the two groups were “gettingalong.” It also reminded me of the stereotypical stormy couple: that high-drama, off-again-on-again pair that fights, breaks up, and getsback together repeatedly much to the exasperation of their friends.Inspired as such by the idea of romantic melodrama, I turned to Liszt—whose music I’ve always hated—but who was perhaps auseful resource in terms of finding musical materials to fit my theme. A dyed-in-the-wool contrarian, I thought why not try to bendthe Lisztian zeitgeist to my will? Why not fully steep myself in that uninspiring world of empty flourishes to fish out some kernel thatactually resonates, that I can make my own and build upon in an interesting way?So that’s what I did. The piece isn’t neo-Romantic, and I didn’t quote Liszt anywhere in it, but I distilled the essense of his music as I seeit, reimagining and transforming it in ways that make sense to me. It is an homage? A reconciliation? A giving of the middle finger? I’mnot sure, but the journey led me

Premiere Information:
Vancouver
Chan Centre
30 April 2016
Turning Point Ensemble, with the Nu:BC Collective as soloists
Owen Underhill, conductor

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1450 G38bre
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Multiple Soloists, Misc Mixed Ensemble Soloists
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 15, 2018
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    74 Pages
    Height: 17 inches
    Width: 11 inches
    Parts page count: 97
    Parts
    97 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
    Solo Parts
    39 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia
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