Far calls. coming, far!

Composition Date: 1988
Duration: 00:11:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 2 x Horn
  • 1 x Trumpet
  • 1 x Trombone
  • 3 x Other percussion
  • 1 x Piano
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:

John Burke

Far calls. Coming, Far!, 1988

Commissioned by: SMCQ, with the assistance of the Canada Council

“... a modest textural study, laying repeated pitches of long duration under sporadic virtuosic flourishes. Performed by the SMCQ ensemble, it flirted briefly with an interesting wave-like rhythm...” Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail, February 19, 1988

“... a mood piece with a James Joyce title, inspired by the image of a snow-covered landscape, reverberating with fanfare-like musical fragments...” William Littler, The Toronto Star, February 18, 1988

“The title is taken from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, and is a poetic evocation of what the music attempts to convey in sound: an image of fanfare-like calls echoing, reverberating and moving through a frozen landscape. A single chord, based on the stereotypical fanfare interval of the fourth, generates all the musical material, which is perceived from shifting acoustic and colouristic perspectives as the work progresses. The intended atmosphere is that of an underlying sense of vast spaciousness in the midst of extensive surface activity.”

Premiere Information:
SMCQ Ensemble, Walter Boudreau, conductor, Olympic Arts Festival, Calgary, February 14, 1988


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 B959fa
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 27, 1990
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ([2], 52 p.) ;
    54 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 43 cm
    Parts page count: 84
    11 parts ([84] p.) ;
    Height: 32 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For flute (piccolo), oboe, clarinet, basson, 2 horns, trumpet, bass trombone, 3 percussion, piano.
    Holograph (photocopy); original in CMC Toronto.
    Commissioned by la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec through The Canada Council.
    Duration: 11:00

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