for orchestra

Justin Mariner
Composition Date: 1998
Duration: 00:11:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Programme Note:
I began to plan this piece in December of 1997, while on the train from Halifax to Montreal. The way one experiences time on this trip is always unusual. In the most immediate sense, time passes slowly when one is restricted to the narrow space inside a train for seventeen hours. With ample time for reflection, however, I realize how many different points in history pass before my eyes out the window. Modern cities quickly give way to rural areas and small towns. Certain places are absolutely untouched apart from the railway, and for a moment I can imagine what it must have been like when the entire country was devoid of European settlements.

Landmarks treats material in a way suggested to me by this trip. There are gradually changing backdrops as well as sudden appearances and disappearances of musical objects. Diverse musical styles act as signifiers of times and places. In particular, the frequent allusions to military music are an acknowledgment of the strategic functions of several prominent locations. Sometimes more than one type of material is present at once, as the old and new faces of a place may be revealed to us simultaneously.

Premiere Information:
October 2, 1998, Pollack Hall / Salle Pollack, Montreal, Québec; McGill Symphony Orchestra / Orchestre Symphonique de McGill; Francesco Milioto, conductor.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 M338lan 1998
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 30, 2004
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((2), 38) ; 43 cm.
    40 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For orchestra.

    Instrumentation: 221basscl2/3231/perc (2),piano/strings (minimum 10-8-6-4-2)

    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.
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