Cantus Borealis: Song of the Forest
for SATB chorus, strings, percussion and audio soundscape

Sid Robinovitch
Composition Date: 2011
Duration: 00:25:00
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), With Electronics and Instrument,

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Tape
  • 1 x Mixed chorus
  • 1 x String orchestra
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Programme Note:
The work celebrates the boreal forest of Manitoba through a multidisciplinary approach involving writing, sound,and music. The result is a new work for choir, strings and percussion called Cantus Borealis: Song of the Forest.

Cantus Borealis combines music, poetry, and natural sounds, evoking the changing seasons of the Northern Forest. It begins in the late autumn as trees sway in the wind and stars appear as "cold runes in the night sky." In the following section, the White Dragon of the North beckons to the wintry forest, foreshadowing the ominous figure of the Forest Hag. The music becomes more strident and aggressive, reflecting the Hag's dominion over the powers of life and death. The Stag, once the ruler of the forest, becomes the object of her harsh but caring justice. An instrumental interlude welcomes the gentler mood of spring, leading into the on-rushing forces of summer. The forest calls us down to the water where we witness the timeless interactions of the animal world. The Stag reappears, now transformed by the warming love of the setting sun.

Premiere Information:
13 April 2011, Westminster Church, Winnipeg, MB
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra; University of Manitoba Singers; Scott Yoo, conductor.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 6900 R656ca
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), With Electronics and Instrument,
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 30, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    39 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 85
    This piece includes a tape part
    This piece includes a tape part
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Text by Katherine Bitney
    Commissioned by Manitoba Chamber Orchestra

    Additional People:
    Katherine Bitney
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