Dissolve
for piano, percussion and harp

Composition Date: 2002
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Trios, Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Plectral String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Piano
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Programme Note:
dissolve was written in 2002 for the Composers' Orchestra at the Festival of the Sound, in Parry Sound, Ontario. In this work, the instruments have an individual role at the beginning but gradually come together throughout the piece. In the first major section, the piano has an ostinato in the left hand that gradually breaks apart, or dissolves, after the harp has interjected above. In a later contrasting section, the roles are reversed as the harp has the repeated pattern while the piano interjects above. The harp pattern, accompanied by the glockenspiel, consquently begins to break apart after the piano entry. The instruments meet with unconventional sounds: the harp tuning key glissandi are answered by sounds from inside the piano. From here, all of the instruments finally come together to play material from the same shape and move towards the climax of the piece. After reaching the high point, the work gradually relaxes while the instruments become progressively unified as they move through various patterns. The final pattern is the most unified of all, as the instruments rely on each other to contribute elements of the pattern in order to create a whole.
This piece won top prize in the under 30 category at the International Rostrum of Composers competition (2004), the first annual Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian music (2003) and the Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region Award (2005).

Premiere Information:
July 2002, Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, Ontario; Composers Orchestra (CCMW): Sanya Eng, harp, Ryan Scott, percussion, Stephen Clarke, piano Conductor: Gary Kulesha

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 8334 R521dis 2002
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Trios, Percussion, Keyboard(s) / Plectral String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • January 5, 2006
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (36 p.) ; 28 cm.
    36 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 22
    3 part ([22] p.) ; 28 cm
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Piano, percussion, harp. Includes performance instructions.

    Photocopy; master of score and parts at CMC Toronto.
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