|concert musique improvisÉe
ME 18 DÉC I 19H
JE 19 DÉC I 20H
LE VENT DES SIGNES
in a landscape
Dans le cadre de la série de concerts organisés
avec le GMEA Centre National de Création Musicale / Albi
|Pascale Berthelot - Piano jouera 3 pièces de la compositrice Linda Catlin Smith.
The Underfolding (2001) In writing this piece for piano, I wanted to find a way to thicken the texture of my compositional world. Because the piano can sustain, there is an inherent possibility for the layering of sound, like the undertones in painting where many colours can be superimposed, generating an overall hue, or atmosphere. I became interested in working with pitch in a layered way, to create a more ambiguous or diffuse sense of harmony. Through the use of chords and clusters, I worked with what I think of as colourations or shadings of pitch, of harmonic material. There are shadings of rhythm too, through gradations of grace notes and varying rhythmic configurations which create an overlap – a folding of one thing over another; an aural impasto. This was my way of approaching a kind of subtle complexity, which comes not from an attempt at virtuosity, but from a desire to deepen my experience of composition, to wander into the shaded areas. Throughout there is a sense of hidden or implied melody, clothed in the surrounding pitches and shadings, though there is one line, one low melody, which is unadorned. The piece is dedicated to Stephen Clarke, who commissioned it through the Canada Council for the Arts.
Thought and Desire (2007) is a piano piece with a vocal part for the pianist. The text is Shakespeare’s Sonnet 45. I wrote this work as a wedding anniversary gift for Austin and Beverly Clarkson. It is a quiet, intimate love song, reflecting on a long partnership between two people, and between these two sides of ourselves: thought and desire.
Nocturnes and Chorales (2014) is a work for solo piano for Eve Egoyan. It is a series of nine short movements. As I was writing, these movements seemed to be either nocturne-like, or chorale-like in nature. At the heart of the music is the voice of the piano, its resonance and character, the way inner voices work in a chorale for instance, or the way melody and arpeggiation can create a landscape. Chopin and Satie were in the back of my mind, as well as Michael Finnissy, whose piano music Eve has championed. I would like to thank Artspring (Saltspring Island) for hosting my residency with Eve and funding the commission. I am deeply grateful to Eve for her input during the residency as well as her artistry and sensitivity, as always, in playing my music.
La série de concerts mensuels dans l’auditorium du GMEA (de novembre à avril) permet de découvrir des artistes internationaux représentatifs de la vivacité et du pluralisme de la création actuelle. *Les artistes invités sur ces séries sont aussi programmés chez les partenaires régionaux du centre, avant ou après leur passage à Albi.
|Pascale Berthelot, pianiste, diplômée du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, boursière du centre Acanthes et lauréate de la fondation Cini de Venise – Archivio Luigi Nono, développe son travail de recherche pianistique et sonore à partir de son interprétation d’œuvres majeures du répertoire classique et contemporain, de sa rencontre avec de nombreux compositeurs et artistes de différentes disciplines, et de son expérience d’enregistrement discographique.
Linda Catlin Smith grew up in New York and lives in Toronto. She studied music in NY, and at the University of Victoria (Canada). Her music has been performed and/or recorded by: BBC Scottish Orchestra, Exaudi, Tafelmusik, Other Minds Festival, California Ear Unit, Kitchener-Waterloo, Victoria and Vancouver Symphonies, Arraymusic, Tapestry New Opera, Gryphon Trio, Via Salzburg, Evergreen Club Gamelan, Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver New Music, and the Del Sol, Penderecki, and Bozzini quartets, among many others; she has been performed by many notable soloists, including Eve Egoyan, Elinor Frey, Philip Thomas, Colin Tilney, Vivienne Spiteri, and Jamie Parker. Â She has been supported in her work by the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Chalmers Foundation, K.M. Hunter Award, Banff Centre, SOCAN Foundation and Toronto Arts Council; in 2005 her work Garland (for Tafelmusik) was awarded Canada’s prestigious Jules Léger Prize. In addition to her work as an independent composer, she was Artistic Director of the Toronto ensemble Arraymusic from 1988 to 1993, and she was a member of the ground-breaking multidisciplinary performance collective, URGE, from 1992-2006. Linda teaches composition privately and at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.
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