Falling Through Time
for piano and string quartet

Alexina Louie
Composer
Alexina Louie
Composition Date: 2016
Duration: 00:16:30
Genre: Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Quintet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello / Keyboard)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
When the Clearwater Quartet performed my composition, Pursuit for String Quartet and Orchestra so brilliantly at the Winnipeg New Music Festival in 2012, I took note of their skill and dedication to contemporary music. In the same Festival, pianist David Moroz performed my Fastforward with amazing energy and bravado. It was a wonderful inspiration to compose a new piece for their combined talents.

Descending gestures are prevalent throughout the composition. As well, the interval of a third takes on a significance that is revealed in the second movement.

In Cascade, the first movement, the interval of a third becomes clearly apparent about half way through. Here the piano part develops into triadic chords. These chords, transformed into rippling passages built on the interval, eventually become sequences of falling thirds in all the instruments.

My friend, Marina Geringas, who taught piano to my daughters, was arguably the most important teacher of young piano students in Toronto. At her memorial concert in the summer of 2016, a select handful of friends and former students revealed her influence on them through their touching personal recollections and expressive performances. They played with such unusual, exquisite tenderness and musicality, each phrase lovingly shaped by their early training with her. The first piece on that celebration of her life was the beautifully introspective
Brahms Intermezzo in B minor Opus 119 [performed by Vadim Serebryany] which is based on falling thirds. I had played this piece as a student and had come to love it. As an homage to Marina, I worked this piece into the fabric of my second movement.

The third movement, Falling Though Time, begins almost imperceptibly with the strings muted. Eventually the music transforms into a very fast string passage in parallel octaves. When this passage recurs later in the piece, the piano joins them. A reprise of the sequential falling thirds passage from Cascade concludes the piece, but this time all the musicians play with full force.

Falling Through Time was commissioned by The Clearwater Quartet and pianist David Moroz with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council.

Alexina Louie O.C.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3245 L888fal 2016
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Quintet (2 Violin / Viola / Cello / Keyboard)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • January 31, 2019
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score (ii, 36 p)
    38 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 48
    4 parts
    48 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by The Clearwater Quartet and pianist David Moroz with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council.
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