Three Bridges
for alto saxophone, violin, vibraphone, and piano

Colin Labadie
Composer
Colin Labadie
Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:06:00
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Quartets, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Saxophone
  • 1 x Vibraphone
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
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Programme Note:
The inspiration for Three Bridges grew out of my recent participation in A Sense of Place, a collaborative art residency that sought to explore the “vernacular landscape” of St. Jacobs, Ontario—a small tourist community with a large Mennonite population. As part of the project, we were asked to reflect on an Old Order Mennonite graveyard (located on Three Bridges Road); we were especially moved by the apparent custom of listing on the headstones not just a person’s age, but also the number of years, months, and days lived. When I thought of my own age in these terms I was immediately confronted with my own mortality, since the numbering of days has such a strong connection to life and death. For Three Bridges, I used the age of each performer (at the outset of writing the piece) in years, months, and days to generate virtually all of the harmonic and rhythmic material in their respective parts. However, each time their age is re-iterated I add one day, such that the performers, in a sense, are numbering their own days. Though I often use numerical constraints in my music, the numbers I have used in the past have generally been arbitrary; I found that working this time with numbers that have such a strong personal connection to the performers gives a certain weight to the music that has been previously lacking in my work.

Premiere Information:
1 November 2015, Array Space, Toronto, Ontario
Thin Edge New Music Collective: Cheryl Duvall; piano, Ilana Waniuk; violin, Chelsea Shanoff; saxophone, Nathan Petitpas; vibraphone

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8455 L1123thr
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Quartets, Woodwind(s) / Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 1, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (8 p. ) ;
    8 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 17
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by the Thin Edge New Music Collective
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