Voices of time
a portrait of Lake Moraine

Kevin Lau
Kevin Lau
Composition Date: 2002
Duration: 00:06:00
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
  • 4 x Horn
  • 3 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
Voices of Time: A Portrait of Lake Moraine is a musical meditation on one of Canada's most exquisite natural treasures. Its striking, deep-coloured hues and vibrant recesses directly inspired the aural palette for this piece. I wanted, however, to develop a dramatic musical arc that would transcend the bounds of a purely impressionistic portrait. In order to reconcile this aim with the depiction of an inanimate, static locale, I envisioned a journey through time in which Lake Moraine, a geological entity, was the unusual, sole participant.

The piece is divided into three sections: Dawn, Afternoon, and Dusk. Each section, though overtly based on the shifting visual timbres of Lake Moraine as it passes through the day, also serves as a metaphor for various stages of a life cycle -- birth, youth, and death -- a cycle which governs all things, even when they span vast stretches of geological time. The third section, 'Dusk', contains within it a cataclysm which symbolizes the inevitability of death over time, and the terror of facing what lies beyond. The crisis passes, however, and is transcended in a moment inspired by the simple beauty of a resplendent sun setting over Lake Moraine.

Premiere Information:
25/05/2002 Hamilton Place Hamilton, ON Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Michael Reason


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 L36vo
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 29, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (ii, 26 p.) ; 43 cm.
    28 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 53
    21 parts ((53) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Instrumentation: / / timp / 2 perc / hp / strings

    In one movement.
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