Culture no.3
(for chamber orchestra)

Aaron Gervais
Aaron Gervais
Composition Date: 2008
Duration: 00:12:30
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 1 x Other percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:
Culture no.3 is the last in my series of pieces exploring the effects that today’s cultural context have on making our music what it is. More specifically, Culture no.3 is involved in exploring the interrelation between the visceral elements of popular music and timbre. By visceral elements, I mean, for example, the sense of motion, the forcefulness of the articulations, or the character of the rhythm or tempo, to name a few. The traditional pitch resources of the popular sphere have required that viscerality and timbre play a greater role in defining popular genres (and subsequently in determining what we find interesting within them) than is seen in the majority of Western art music. Culture no.3, with a greater emphasis on timbre and viscerality and a subsequently lesser emphasis on other aspects of the musical whole, uses the resources of the Western ensemble to feature this aspect of popular music.

In addition, as in the previous pieces, there is a conscious attempt to avoid certain hallmarks of the Western art music tradition, most notably pitch-based formal structures, non-essential complexity, and smooth elaborate transitions. On the other hand, I also reject musical materials from the pop idiom that are too obvious, such as clichéd melodic gestures, standard harmonic progressions, and traditional tonality. These would draw attention away from the relationship I am exploring and prevent the ensemble from playing to its strengths. Instead, I aim at developing a varied and lively musical expression that is appropriate to the socio-historic disposition of the ensemble performing it, is always presented with a maximum of straightforwardness and clarity, and can exist in-the-moment without the need to constantly reference large sections of the rest of the piece. These are additionally ways in which popular music often differs from Western art music, and they form the basis and inspiration for this series.

Premiere Information:
09/10/2006 Salle Pierre Mercure Montreal Ensemble contemporain de Montreal Conductor: Veronique Lacroix


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 G38cu3
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 11, 2008
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((77) p.); 28 cm.
    77 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 105
    10 parts ((105) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Flt (picc), Clar (Bb), Hrn, Tbn, Perc, Pno, Vln, Vla, Vc, Cb.

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