Low tide

Composition Date: 2002
Duration: 00:20:00
Genre: Keyboard, Accordion, One Keyboard, Two Hands


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Accordion
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Programme Note:
"'Low Tide' was composed at the request of Joseph Petric, supported by the Toronto Arts Council's Grants to Composers Program. I was drawn to the sense of the instrument's ebb and flow, to it's breath and breadth. I think of this piece as a continously varying melody - sometimes chorday, sometimes single notes - a line of shells and seaweed left by the tide." (Linda Catlin Smith)
"In 'Low Tide', composer Linda C. Smith presents a work of nuanced understatement, heightened awareness of inner time, and the presentation of a unique dynamic and directionality of sound, a natural quality in the stereophonic nature of the concert accordion.
The work is posited squarely in an inclusive and intertextual pragmatic art in music after modernism. Notable for its textural lucidity and length, it is over 18 minutes long, making in one of the longest through composed orks for concert accordion in the repertoire. Through the lenghth and understatment of the work, the composer creates an internalized psychological and sonic landscape asking both the listener and the performer to submit to a differemt sense of time.
Accordingly, a successful perfomrance of the work comes from a place of inclusivity. It acknowledges the evocative past as well as the ethnographic present, a willingness to submit to things parodical and ironic, and is delivered with an intertextual performance technique not unlike that of baroque or pre-classical repertoire." (Joseph Petric)

Premiere Information:
May 13, 2003, Music Gallery, Toronto, ON; Joseph Petric, accordion.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 2610 S6545lo 2002
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Accordion, One Keyboard, Two Hands
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 31, 2004
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (8 p.) ; 39 cm.
    8 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For solo accordion.
    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.
    For Joseph Petric.
    Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

    Additional People:
    Joseph Petric
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