Monica Pearce: Connotations performed by Ensemble Paramirabo

Performed by Ensemble Paramirabo: Jeffrey Stonehouse, flute; François Gagné, clarinet; Geneviève Liboiron, violin; Gabrielle Gingras, piano and toy piano; Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde, cello
Audio by John S. Gray, Video by AJ Gray
Frequently, my works are inspired by some sort of (usually artistic) external stimuli -- an interesting book, an evocative painting, a character, a philosophical idea or in the case of vocal works -- the guiding text. Since the concert concept for connotations was based on the idea of a "threshold", I wanted to push myself to approach the piece from a more abstract place (in fact, the working title of connotations was abstract no. 1). The idea of "connotation", an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal meaning, fit well with my musical concept, as an extension of meaning from the strange, sometimes melodic, sometimes ominous tone of the work.
And, in writing for the Ensemble Paramirabo, I wanted to write a work that took advantage not only of the virtuosity of the separate instruments, but also the virtuosity of the ensemble as a whole.
connotations was written for Montreal's Ensemble Paramirabo, for the multi-city concert collaboration with the Toy Piano Composers in 2013.
— Monica Pearce
Crédits :Monica Pearce, Ensemble Paramirabo
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Created Date18 Jun 2013