Emerge
for woodwind quintet [for horn, flute, clarinet, oboe and bassoon]

Composition Date: 2003
Genre: Woodwinds, Solo / Ensemble, Quintet (Flute / Oboe / Clarinet / Horn / Bassoon)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Bassoon
  • 1 x Horn
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Programme Note:
This wind quintet was commissioned by the Festival of the Sound, in Parry Sound, Ontario, for a concert called Painted Sound. This piece is inspired by the painting Watermusic: The Fireflies Tribute by Wendy Hoffman.
The painting itself is tranquil and serene yet also brimming with energy. I tried to bring out that sense of stillness with a feeling of suspended motion while allowing more active lines to emerge in the texture. The structure of the piece is linked to different layers of the painting. While looking at this work, I found myself visually sinking into the different layers, moving from the whole to focusing on its smallest parts. The painting has a vertical expanse of trees and is outlined by water and sky, creating a clear vertical limit. This sense of vertical, and the idea of looking at the whole, became the structural idea for the music. There is a recurring static texture of low bassoon and high flute to represent the painting as a whole. Lines emerge from within this texture to lead the music in a new direction, almost as if focusing on the different layers of the painting yet always returning to the whole. An interesting twist to the painting is that it is actually a reflection in the water. In essence, it is upside down. There are several moments in the music which pay tribute to this feature, as the high and low parts are switched around a central point. This piece aims to integrate the idea of the painting rather than a literal recreation of specific surface elements. The colour, texture, and mood of the painting, which is evocative of magic, all contribute to the music. Lines come out and disappear, giving the piece its descriptive title: emerge.

Premiere Information:
July 2003, Stockey Centre, Parry Sound, ON; Festival Winds

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 5151 R521eme 2003
  • Genre:
  • Woodwinds, Solo / Ensemble, Quintet (Flute / Oboe / Clarinet / Horn / Bassoon)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • January 5, 2006
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (ii, 25 p.) ; 28 cm.
    27 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 24
    5 parts ([24] p.) ; 28 cm
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Wind quintet: flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon. Score in C.

    Photocopy; master of score and parts at CMC Toronto.
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