The spirit of the land
op. 18, a tone poem to celebrate Canada

Ray Twomey
Composer
Ray Twomey
Composition Date: 1998
Duration: 00:14:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 3 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Programme Note:
This work was composed as a millennial tribute to the great country of Canada. The piece is constructed around various traditional folk melodies. The main theme is based on 'Land of the Silver Birch' and, symbolically, other themes come from 'I's the b'y that built the boat', 'Frerés Jacques' and of course, a reference to the national anthems of France and England (distorted to reflect those cultures being modified to Canada's use). Within the tone-poem is an evocation of sunset on the prairies, a hoedown and a magnificent climax representing the Rocky Mountains and reflecting the optimism that should continue to be Canada's birthright.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 T974spi 1998
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 5, 2003
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (42 p.) ; 28 cm.
    42 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 72
    18 parts ([72] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For orchestra.

    Instrumentation : 2222/4331/harp, timp, bells, perc(2)/strings.

    Dedicated with love to Cathie: wife, mother and a wonderful Canadian.

    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.
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