Candle Ice
for piano, violin, violoncello, and electroacoustic track

Carmen Braden
Composer
Carmen Braden
Composition Date: 2014
Duration: 00:10:00
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Chamber Ensemble (2-9 Performers), , Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Other electronic
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
Candle Ice work evokes the final melting phase of the ice on Great Slave Lake, in Northern Canada. In the spring, the thick ice melts into long, interlocking shards, commonly called candle ice. These crystalline shapes are pushed by the wind and waves to jostle against each other, creating beautiful masses of sound or delicate individual sound-events with a glassy or metallic timbre. The candle ice exists only briefly during the ice season, and eventually disintegrates and melts into lakewater. For this composition I have transformed observations and field recordings of candle ice in four ways. Acoustic and aesthetic observations inform the activity of the music; transcriptions of the sounds create rhythmic and melodic motives; spectral analysis reveals further pitch material for harmonic organization, and physical structures of ice crystals are applied to the music’s formal design. I believe that the ice formed in the North's long winters is a quasi-biotic phenomenon, one that embodies a spiritual and ontological bridge between living and elemental forces. I believe the ice has a voice, and the sounds it produces in its natural state are an on-going, ecological form of music. My approach to the use of these sounds is a borrowing or re-performance of this music.

Premiere Information:
6 August 2014, Dominion Chalmers United Church, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa, Ontario
Premiered by the Gryphon Trio

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 9205 B798can
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Chamber Ensemble (2-9 Performers), , Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 23, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (18 p. ) ;
    18 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 23
  • Additional Information:

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