Daryl Jamieson
Composition Date: 2006
Duration: 00:15:00
Genre: Two Voices, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s) / Brass, String(s) Bowed


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Horn
  • 1 x Mezzo Soprano
  • 1 x Baritone
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
Crimson began life in 2004 as a piece for two singers, three dancers and three instruments. The scenario was developed jointly with the choreographer Harriet Macauley to abstractly convey the emotions involved in a love triangle in which no one gets what they want. We chose to tell the story with four different texts in four archaic languages, each of which tells a different aspect of the same, archetypal story. Though the music had been composed and rehearsals got underway, the dancers were unable to stay with the project and I was left with about 8 minutes of music and no prospect of performance. Fast-forward two years. Having become increasingly interested in film as a medium for art, I decided that it would be a good idea to rewrite Crimson as a soundtrack for a silent film, an idea I proposed to the Cinematography Society at the University of York. Nezih Savaskan took up the project, and spent a year shooting footage, while I completely rewrote the score, keeping the best of what I had written two years earlier, while adding material and reworking it to suit my current artistic ideas.The piece was premiered on 6 May 2006, accompanied by Nezih Savaskan’s film. However, I do not view that as the definitive version of the piece. The score is finished, but I envisage that this piece could be performed with any number of different accompaniments: dance, film, or anything else.

Premiere Information:
6 May 2006, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York, UK
New York Ensemble


  • Call Number:
  • MV 2243 J321cri
  • Genre:
  • Two Voices, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s) / Brass, String(s) Bowed
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 26, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    21 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: Multiple languages
  • Additional Information:
  • Text in 13th century French, 19th century Japanese (romanized script), classic Middle-English, and Mediaeval Italian.
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Saturday, December 6, 2014
Event Title: The Stirring of a Thousand Bells
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Two films explore the experience of hearing gamelan music in Solo, one of the traditional cultural capitals of Central Java.

The first film immerses the viewer into the sights and sounds of the Sekaten festival, hearing this ancient music in the broader cultural context where old and new worlds collide, while the second presents impressions of the srimpi muncar, an exquisite ritual dance of the royal court.

Friday, October 31, 2014
Event Title: For Halloween Night Only - The Phantom of the Opera with LIVE Organ!


  • Region: Prairie
  • Venue / Location: Knox United Church (506 - 4 Street SW, Calgary)
  • Time: 9:00pm
  • Price: $$15 (adults) / $10 (students/seniors)
  • Genre: Keyboard
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What better way to celebrate Halloween than a rare screening of the 1925 classic film “The Phantom of the Opera”? To experience this silent film with a LIVE accompaniment improvised in real-time on the massive Knox United Church pipe organ!

With internationally renowned organist and improviser David Baskeyfield performing organ, this is one spooky event not to be missed!

This event is presented by the Calgary Society of Organists in conjunction with the 2014 Calgary Organ Festival.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Event Title: Continuum presents Souvenir
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street, Toronto
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Price: $30-20-10
  • Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1-9 Performers)
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A film and live music project years in the making, Souvenir brings together acclaimed filmmaker Gary Popovich with six of Canada’s top emerging and established composers: Linda Bouchard, Alice Ho, Jocelyn Morlock, Michael Oesterle, Randall Smith and Hiroki Tsurumoto. Each of the six movements in the hour-long Souvenir corresponds to stages in the evolution of our world and has a different mood and over-riding dynamic reflecting that evolution.

Thursday, May 2, 2013 (All day)
Event Title: The Grub-Stake Revisited - Spring 2013 Tour
  • Composer: Daniel Janke
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The Grub-Stake Revisited is Nell Shipman’s 1923 silent film re-imagined with Shakespearean text and a new music score.

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on July 3, 2012

Over the weekend, I went to the first performance of the Bicycle Opera Project. I've been blogging about this super-cool project on my website for the last couple weeks. This was partly self serving, since they're performing a piece of mine. But it was also because I just really dig what they're doing: biking across Southern Ontario, performing contemporary Canadian opera in unexpected places like cafes, art galleries, barns and parks.