A Canadian Folk Song Suite
for concert band

Composition Date: 2010
Revision Date: 2017
Duration: 00:13:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Concert Band / Large Wind Ensembles

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Band
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Programme Note:
I. Maritime
Many songs of the Maritimes depict sea tragedies. The Loss of the Eliza is no exception. This is an interesting melody. I have opened this movement with 4 stark notes....meant to remind us of a ship's bell. The original melody is a ballad and this movement begins with a swaying, lilting rhythm of the sea Similar to the first movement, I have added a Celtic, fiddle-like feel and some cross rhythms to the tune to provide some variation reminiscent of the enduring culture of the Maritimes.

II. Inuit
This example of an Inuit song comes from Cape Dorset on the southern coast of Baffin Island. The song was recorded by Rev. Whitbread...an Anglican missionary who worked among the Inuit of Port Harrison, Quebec. The original melody is a simple pentatonic tune that has only 4 pitches (the 'A' section). I have added the 'B' section. The counter melodies are also mine. The opening of this second movement is meant to represent the cold, open territory and vastness of the Canadian North.

III. Quebec
This mov't features Ah! Si Mon Moine Voulait Danser! and A Saint-Malo, with some meter changes and a somewhat Celtic flair... representing the merging of a number of cultures both in Quebec and the rest of Canada. Both melodies are presented in variation. The brass choral version of Ah! Si Mon Moine... is in a hymn-like setting and reminds us of the very important role the church has played in Quebec culture. Much of this movement has a dance-like feeling.

Premiere Information:
Orillia, Ontario
St. Paul's United Church
14 May 2011
Orillia Wind Ensemble
John Palmer

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 1800 P1745can
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Concert Band / Large Wind Ensembles
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • September 20, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    47 Pages
    Height: 17 inches
    Width: 11 inches
    Parts page count: 272
    Parts
    272 Pages
    Height: 12 inches
    Width: 9 inches
  • Additional Information:
  • I. Maritime - 3' 30
    II. Inuit - 4' 17"
    III. Quebec - 5' 16"
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