Sunday, May 21, 2017
Event Title: Storytellers
  • Region: Prairie
  • Venue / Location: Hope Lutheran Church 3527 Boulton Road NW, Calgary
  • Time: 3:00pm
  • Price: $20 - 25
  • Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles (10+)
  • External Link: Kensington Sinfonia

From the quirky phantasmagoria of George Antheil's Serenade for Strings, to the character-piece movements of Telemann's The Nations Suite, Kensington Sinfonia presents an evocative program of music surrounding characters and storytelling.

The programme also includes Purcell's wonderful Chaconne from King Arthur and Chase the Money by Canadian composer John Oliver with saxophonist Jeremy Brown.

Composition Date: 2016
Duration: 00:22:00
Genre: Woodwinds, + Keyboard, Saxophone


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Saxophone
  • 1 x Organ
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Programme Note:
When my esteemed colleagues, Drs. William Street and Marnie Giesbrecht, approached me with the request for a new piece for alto saxophone and organ, I thought of honouring them by creating a motif/theme with some reference to their names. I chose the first and last letters of their last names (G, S, T, T), transcribed into English, German and French letter names as g – E-flat – B – b. This motif,especially the interval of the falling or rising major third/diminished fourth or expanded as an augmented chord, is heard directly or in an oblique way in all three movements. In the first movement, Passacaglia and Fugue, the four-note motif is expanded into a twelve-tone theme, though treated in a tonal fashion. In the second movement it has a more lyrical character; in the last, it appears as a more figurative theme with cluster chords.The title Passage du Temps is not so much a reference to music as a time art, but an homage to some of the great compositional devices and styles since 1700 to which I feel indebted: from the contrapuntal techniques by Bach in I, the quasi-ostinato accompanying a cantilene by Vivaldi and Bach (II, main theme), the French Romantic organ genre pieces (II, middle section) to the more “edgy” neo-Classic style of the early 20th century. The organ registrations serve as a general guide to the desired timbres and textures, but will require adjustments from one instrument to another to ensure the proper balance between the instruments.I wish to express my sincere thanks to Trent Worthington for transcribing the manuscript into digital format. - Jacobus Kloppers, Edmonton, Alberta, 2016

Premiere Information:
22 January 2017, Convocation Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Dr. William Street, alto saxophone; Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht, organ


  • Call Number:
  • MI 5215 K66pas
  • Genre:
  • Woodwinds, + Keyboard, Saxophone
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 13, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    71 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • I. Passacaille et Fugue
    II. Passion et Pastorale
    III. Pas de Deux

    Commissioned by: William Street and Marnie Giesbrecht
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