Storm Dancer

Composition Date: 2003
Duration: 00:12:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, , Plectral String / String Bowed

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Guitar
  • 1 x Unspecified voice
  • 1 x Viola
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Programme Note:
The four poems making up this song cycle are quite compressed. Looking at them on the page, they have lots of white space around them, lots of room for music to embroider their meaning. These pieces developed over a long time, evolving from spoken word with impro- vised music added, to songs. In retrospect, this shouldn’t have been surprising since Wayne Keon writes the odd song himself. While very evocative of many extraordinary images from the natural world, they are also very lyrical love poems.
There are several indications in the music that deserve some explanation. The opening of Willow and Lite features an “i” finger glissando down a rich chord. This was inspired by the Indian tambora: an instrument that is tuned to a set of drone strings, which are sounded throughout a performance. Voices, features a haunting sound in the viola part where the player glissandos up and down the string with a very light touch. The ponticello bowing brings out the harmonics all along the string length. Later, in the same piece, the guitarist holds a chord while the left hand taps, with an extended finger, at the 19th and 12th frets. This also produces very light harmonics, but because of the fretted notes, the harmonics are quite surprising. The other two songs have no extended techniques.

Premiere Information:
Toronto
William Beauvais
Linda Eyman
Julian Knight

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 1206 B385st
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, , Plectral String / String Bowed
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • January 30, 2013
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (14 p.) ;
    14 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 8
    2 parts (8 p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:

  • Willow and Lite
    Voices
    Suncatcher
    At Allison Pass

    Additional People:
    Wayne Keon
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