New Brunswick rhapsody

Janis Kalnins
Janis Kalnins
Composition Date: 1972
Duration: 00:13:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piccolo
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 3 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Celeste
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
In typical Kalnins style, this orchestral work explores lofty, patriotic-sounding melodies in a playful way. A fanfare-inspired beginning features prominent brass and percussion, along with dotted rhythms characteristic of celebratory music. His rhapsodic approach to orchestration and composition involves passing thematic material among the sections of the orchestra, and developing these themes in often unexpected ways. His rich harmonic language, often modulating in surprising ways, is further intensified in sections of homophonic ensemble playing, and contrasted with more lyrical, sensitive lines for solo violin, oboe, cello and flute in the sparser middle section. The final section of the piece is introduced with busy eighth-note passage that is passed around the orchestra. The tension created by tremolo strings, and this driving eighth-note musical figuration is then supplemented with a lofty melody in the brass. The lyrical melody from the middle section eventually creeps back into the texture, completing the musical form of this proudly “Canadian” piece.

Credits: Colleen Renihan
Creator: Colleen Renihan
Subject: Janis Kalnins | New Brunswick Rhapsody
Date Created: 2009


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 K14new 1972
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 9, 2006
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (88 p.) ; 39 cm
    88 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 180
    30 parts ([180] p.) ;
    Height: 32 cm
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Orchestra.

    Photocopy; master of score at CMC Toronto.
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