Monday, August 6, 2018
Event Title: For Those Who Died Trying
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Gathering Hall, Mount Pleasant Cemetery - 375 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto
  • Time: 5:00pm
  • Price: $Free
  • Genre: Strings (bowed)
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  • Composer: Frank Horvat
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Description:

Part concert, part photo exhibit, part memorial to Thailand Human Rights Defenders. This world premiere concert, by Mivos Quartet, presents a musical elegy for 37 victims who were killed or went missing because of their efforts to stop powerful interests who wanted to destroy their community's environment.

Frank Horvat
Composer
Frank Horvat
Composition Date: 2009
Duration: 01:00:00
Genre: Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
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Programme Note:
On March 28, 2009, I was invited to perform at an Earth Hour party hosted by a law firm in one of Toronto’s skyscrapers in the Financial District. As the who’s who of Toronto’s elite hobnobbed admiring the lack of lights in the sprawling skyline, I quietly improvised. Once 8:30PM hit, the lights went out and all the partygoers congregated in a room on the opposite side of the building to listen to speeches. I was left alone quietly playing away, immersing myself and enjoying the darkness…this is where Earth Hour, this composition, was born.

Composing a 60-minute continuous piano piece is something that at first seemed a little daunting. As a composer, I was challenged – how do I make a composition interesting where both the performer and listeners are immersed in the dark and ensure that the sound of the piano and the darkness are equal partners in the experience? I quickly realized that creating a soundtrack to being alone in one’s thoughts can be so many different things: reflective, calming, scary, empty, or happy, just to name a few. This made me realize that even though it was one cohesive piece, the music could change thematically to reflect the many varied emotions that one can feel when being in the dark.

From beginning to end, Earth Hour takes exactly 60 minutes to perform, not a second less or more. Performers are to use an earpiece so they can play along with a metronome to ensure accurate timing. Earth Hour is divided into 12 sections/themes, each lasting exactly 5 minutes. The first 6 themes are contrasting from each other based on a sort of random note picking
pattern formula I created that is correlated and based on the letters of my name and my wife’s. The last 6 themes are variations of the first 6 themes, except that they’re presented in reverse order giving the overall composition a palindrome structure. One of the reasons I did this was so the ending of the piece could be seamlessly connected to the beginning, allowing a performance of the piece to last more than just one hour, if a performer (or performers) so desired. A sense of start or completion isn’t as important as the experience itself.

Whether you listen to the entire piece or just a snippet, my hope is that a listener will be able to find peace and time for inner reflection when listening. Giving them time to think about how they can make themselves and the world a better place. Sitting in the dark doesn’t just have to occur on the last Saturday of every March.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 2110 H8235ea
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 3, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    42 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
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Daryl Jamieson
Composition Date: 2017
Duration: 00:09:00
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Chamber Ensemble (2-9 Performers), Woodwind(s), Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 5 x Other electronic
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
Our perception of the world is increasingly indirect, filtered through the media of audio and video recordings, as well as photography. Which recordings or pictures we see or hear are also increasingly filtered through social media algorithms that few of us understand or even know exist at all. Instead of a shared reality, or even a shared unreality, we more and more have our own individual realities which we believe to be real but which are not recognised by anyone else. This situation has had, and will continue to have, obvious and disastrous effects on our body politic, which relies on a shared reality in which we can ground our collective decisions about society and the environment. here, today is a piece about reproducing and sharing information about the environment. The string players share recordings of their local environment (made on the day of the performance), and most of the first half of the piece is recorded by the clarinetist and played back in the second half. The decisions of each performer and the composer, as well as the limitations of the recording and playback devices used, all affect what sounds are heard in the hall. Each performance will be different, and each listener in each performance will hear a subtly different piece. Are any of the myriad versions a true reflection of reality?

Premiere Information:
17 March 2017, Yodobashi Church, Tokyo, Japan
Ryuta Iwase, bass clarinet; Lorie String Quartet (Takeru Chikenji, violin; Kei Sakoda, violin; Kaito Ikeda, viola; Yui Hosoi, violoncello)

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 9213 J321her
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Chamber Ensemble (2-9 Performers), Woodwind(s), Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 26, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    7 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by: Muneaki Tsuda

    "Other electronic" instruments are handheld recording devices used by bass clarinetist and string quartet.
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Ronald Hannah
Composer
Ronald Hannah
Composition Date: 2016
Duration: 00:02:15
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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"Spinifex Scherzo" is a fragment of an ambitious and ongoing project entitled, "Cantata for a Beloved Planet". In form, it will consist of 3 dramatic or lyrical pieces for chorus, orchestra and soloists, about earth, sea and sky respectively, followed by an orchestral interlude - with that pattern repeating until I feel I am done. It is a Carmina Burana-style work, a dithyramb to nature in this time of her ongoing corporate violation, and "Spinifex Scherzo" is the first of those interludes. At the time of this writing, I have completed 4 movements, of a proposed 20 or 30 (I started in 2005!). At that time I was in my world-wandering/backpacking phase, carrying with me a well-worn large pad of manuscript paper. This portion was written, in part, in back of a camper van in the Outback of Australia. Spinifex, by the way, is the wild grass of Australia. From a distance it appears to climb playfully up hillsides, and it is only when you get closer that you perceive its more cactus-like qualities. This little scherzo, despite having been pulled from its larger context, would make an ideal encore piece for orchestras!

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 H243spi
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 26, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    7 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 1
    31 Parts
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • 2+1picc, 2+1 cor ang, 2+1bcl, 2+1cbsn - 4, 2, 2+1btbn, 1, 2perc, timp, hp, str
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on July 10, 2012

I had an “oh-man,-I-wish-I was-there-to-hear-that” moment when I was lolligagging around the Sound Symposium website. The "there" I wanted to be at was Signal Hill, and what I wanted to hear was Mack Furlong’s harbor symphony, Brute. The recording is barely a day old as I post this, although I can’t find any information on whether or not this was a premiere. But I'd like to be considered a secondary reason to this video's viral success if it goes all George Takei popular on the internet...

Them's be jokes.