La Rivière et la randonnée, opus 68

Stewart Grant
Stewart Grant
Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:09:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
Programme Note:
Two years ago, my wife, Joanne, and I set out to explore hiking trails in Québec, seeking to find places that were at least somewhat similar to what we used to enjoy in Alberta where we could be out in nature, in the mountains. We headed to the Laurentians, a guide to hiking trails in hand, and discovered the Parc de la Rivière Doncaster, near Ste-Adèle.

It was the following year, when I was there hiking by myself, that I first had the idea to compose a piece depicting a hike through the park - an idea that was finally realized this summer. The piece opens with just the first violins, playing a slow, solitary, contemplative melodic line. We then set off with a jaunty theme that is first presented by the clarinet, as we follow my favourite trail - initially climbing gently through the woods and then descending to a spot close to the river where we can quietly absorb the beauty of the forest and of the sparkling water that flows through the gorge and here and there bubbles and splashes over rocks. We set off again along the path as it continues to follow the river until we reach the end of the park. From there we head up a broad but strenuous gravel path that rises quite quickly, bringing us to a flat area and a path that leads us into another part of the park, away from the river. After passing by a small stream, we continue through the woods until the path becomes more difficult and rises abruptly to an outlook with a view before descending even more abruptly to the park’s main path. We soon find ourselves again by the river, farther upstream from where we first set out, and head back through the forest, over rocks and tree roots, with stops to fully appreciate and absorb the beauty of our surroundings. The piece ends with the same solitary violin line with which it began, but now transformed by our recollections of the river and the tranquility of the park.

Stewart Grant

Composed for the Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra.

Premiere Information:
28 novembre 2015; Église Valois United, Pointe-Claire, QC; Orchestre de chambre Lakeshore, Stewart Grant, dir.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 G763do
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 11, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (36 p.) ;
    36 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour orchestre de chambre : 2222 - 2100 - timb - cordes.
    En 1 mouvement.
    - - -
    For chamber orchestra : 2222 - 2100 - tmp - str.
    1 movement.
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