for baroque strings and soprano

Jocelyn Morlock
Composition Date: 2001
Genre: Solo Voice, With String Orchestra (With or Without Keyboard)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 7 x Violin
  • 2 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Other bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x String orchestra
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Programme Note:
This piece was written for Marc Destrubé and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in memory of Nikolai Korndorf, who died suddenly in May of 2001. He had intended to write for the PBO, but had just started his piece at the time of his death. “Golden” is scored for chamber ensemble consisting of soprano and baroque strings: seven violins, two violas, violoncello, and violone. The subject of the piece is transformation. Musically, there is a transformation of sounds over the course of the work. At the beginning of the piece, the sounds are short and percussive, several of the instrumentalists play simple percussion instruments, and there is vocalizing (whispering) by some of the players. Later, there are more melodious and traditional string and vocal sounds.

The text of the piece is based on the following story:
Iron pyrite is a metallic crystal that glitters in the sun. There is a pool fed by a stream in Manitoba that carries the mineral in its sediment. Swimmers who immerse themselves in the waters of the pool emerge sparkling as if with flecks of sun on their skin. If you swim in this water, you will emerge golden.

Premiere Information:
October 2001, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Pacific Baroque Orchestra with Phoebe Macrae, soprano, conductor and concertmaster Marc Destrube.


  • Call Number:
  • MV 1600 M865gol 2001
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With String Orchestra (With or Without Keyboard)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 11, 2004
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (ii, 39 p.) ; 22 x 28 cm.
    41 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 36
    11 parts ((36) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For soprano solo and baroque chamber strings.
    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.
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