Cariboo country tone poem

Phil Nimmons
Phil Nimmons
Composition Date: 1985
Revision Date: 1985
Duration: 00:14:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Phil Nimmons

Plateaus, 1985

Commissioned by: CBC Vancouver Orchestra

“… it is a superb piece that seems almost to grow organically and in doing so successfully conjures an atmosphere of wide open spaces.” Barry Edwards, Music Magazine

Plateaus is a single-movement orchestral work, and subtitled by Nimmons as the ‘Caribou Country Tone Poem’. Although no specific story is told, this piece has a continuous melodic and harmonic development and was inspried by the vast open areas of south central British Columbia, specifcally the plateaus of the ‘Cariboo’ region around Kamloops, B.C.

Premiere Information:
Jan. 30, 1986, (Studio recording); CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, Mario Bernardi, cond.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 N713pl
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 28, 1988
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (50 p.) ; 28 x 39 cm.
    50 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 125
    21 parts ([125] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Ms (photocopy); originals of score and parts in CMC Toronto.
    Commissioned by the CBC for the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra.
    Duration: 14:00
    2(picc)2(eng hn)22/2200/strings.
    Suitable for youth & community orchestras.
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