Silenced
clarinet & string quartet

Derek Charke
Composer
Derek Charke
Composition Date: 2007
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Quintets, Woodwind(s), Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Tape
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
For Stan Fisher and the Blue Engine String Quartet.

Funding provided by Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage

Clarinetist Stan Fisher approached me in 2006 asking about a project. He wanted to deal with the issue of violence against women and essentially asked me for a work of an elegiac nature. I thought about the project quite a bit before responding. At first I wasn't too sure about tackling this subject matter I didn't think that I had any direct experience with violence against women. But after a while I realized that this is a subject that affects us all; our wives, sisters, daughters, friends, relatives. I felt that this would be a project worth tackling, and in the process I gained some new knowledge about the issues.

Silenced is an artistic statement about violence against woman. At its core are two tragic events: (1) events leading to the Robert Picton Trial in B.C and (2) the murder of 14 women at the École Polytechnique Massacre in Quebec. Watching the horrific events unfold in the Robert Pickton trial had an impact on my thoughts for the work. I grew up in the lower mainland of BC. This was such a terrible tragedy, made worse because of the lack of interest from the police for such a long time. All of those missing women, and no one really paid any attention. I decided to call the work "Silenced" to reflect the lost voices.

The piece was composed over a four-month stretch. After it was almost completed I talked with Donna Smyth about her poem. We met, she read it, and we recorded it. I created a soundtrack of voices based on her poem that is played on a CD during the last six minutes. At the premiere, students from Acadia University were recruited to extinguish 14 candles representing the 14 women who were killed in Montreal.

Premiere Information:
17/11/2007 Festival Theatre Wolfville, Nova Scotia Stan Fisher, clarinet Blue Engine String Quartet; Jennifer Jones, Anne Simons, Margot Aldrich and Hilary Brown

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8513 C473si
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Quintets, Woodwind(s), Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 15, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (26 p.) ;
    26 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Parts page count: 44
    This piece includes a tape part
    4 parts ((44) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    This piece includes a tape part
    CD part
    This piece includes a tape part
  • Additional Information:

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