Reflections On "O Canada" After Truth and Reconciliation
Sesquie for Canada's 150th

Composition Date: 2016
Duration: 00:02:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:
"Writing a meaningful two-minute piece is disarmingly difficult. The challenge is: how does one create meaningful art in this medium? As I pondered this, I had a creative spark. What would our national anthem sound like in a different mode, minor perhaps? I was immediately struck by the simple, poignant transformation. It reminded me of the shame and sadness that I felt when I learned about the Truth and Reconciliation report. The transformed anthem is reflected four times in a canon in the high strings, four entries for the four original provinces of Canada. The canonic reflections are framed by fanfare blasts from the winds and brass, fixed in flag-waving patriotism.

This may be seen as somewhat of a sombre choice for a celebratory commission, but it is honest and powerful. Part of celebrating Canada at 150 is being aware of our past—the good and the bad."


CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 S784ref 2016
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 2, 2018
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    6 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 30 cm
    Parts page count: 19
    Parts
    19 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Reflections On "O Canada" After Truth and Reconciliation: Sesquie for Canada's 150th is a TSO co-commission with the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra. Canada Mosaic is a Canada 150 Signature Project. This project was funded in part by the Government of Canada.
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