Shout, Sisyphus, Flock
for six instruments

Brian Current
Composer
Brian Current
Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:12:00
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Sextets, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Bass clarinet
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
Shout, Sisyphus, Flock was commissioned by Montreal’s Transmission Ensemble (in association with New Music Concerts, Toronto) with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts. As the title suggests, there are three movements of about 4 minutes each, each based on words I taped to the piano early in the composing process (Shout, Sisyphus and Flock) that I hoped described the feeling of each movement I was trying to write. In the first, Shout, I was interested in colouring crescendos in the woodwinds with bright overlapping patterns in the ensemble. Towards the end, everything rises to even brighter, higher textures. The second movement, Sisyphus, features rising and falling textures that are inexorably linked to one another. Like the myth of Sisyphus, the gestures evoke the frustration of an inevitable tumble that follows every hard-fought rise. The third movement, Flock, features droning textures that give way to flutter-like tremolos in the winds and strings. Rather than imitating an actual flock of birds, I was more interested in creating a dreamlike and intimate atmosphere, where fluttering gestures come and go. With great thanks to the Transmission Ensemble and Lorraine Vaillancourt for their work on this music and for Transmission and New Music Concerts’ commission of this piece.

Premiere Information:
23 Apr 2016, Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Montreal
Transmission Ensemble
Conductor: Lorraine Vaillancourt

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8655 C972sh
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Sextets, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 24, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    55 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 102
    6 parts
    102 Pages
  • Additional Information:

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