Foreverdark
for amplified violoncello soloist and chamber orchestra with electronics

Bekah Simms
Composer
Bekah Simms
Composition Date: 2019
Duration: 00:10:00
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Large Ensemble (10-20 Performers),

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Computer
  • 1 x Violoncello ( Solo )
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
Programme Note:
Foreverdark both references the song with a similar name (Foreverdark Woods) by Viking metal artist Bathory as well as the composer’s long and somewhat nostalgic relationship to the metal genre itself. This cello concertino (short concerto) uses short melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic quotations from a variety of heavy metal sources, ranging from the aforementioned Bathory, industrial Canadian metal band Strapping Young Lad, and Armenian-American nu metal band System of a Down. Each of these groups enjoyed a level of popularity during the composer’s early youth, and experienced a renewed interest from the composer in her mid-20s. Additional stylistic elements of the various genres are also present, including perfect fifth (power chord) saturation, drum set allusions, and distorted/heavy sounds. By amplifying and separating the cello soloist from the ensemble, the player’s position alludes to that of a “lead guitarist;” subsequently, much of their melodic material (and that of the orchestra around them) is sourced from this variety of heavy metal riffs. The piece also contains folkier moments, a common stylistic shift in for some of the bands quoted in the work.

Premiere Information:
5 April 2019, Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Toronto, ON
Esprit Orchestra;  Alex Pauk, conductor

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 9300 S5925fo 2019
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Large Ensemble (10-20 Performers),
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 25, 2019
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    60 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 99
    Parts
    99 Pages
    Height: 24 cm
    Width: 32 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by the Esprit Orchestra
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