• quartet

    The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan

    by  • March 26, 2012 • BassClarinet, cello, Chamber and Solo Instrumental, music, percussion, quartet, sample, violin

    25 pieces for violin, cello, bass clarinet, percussion, SATB chorus and vocal soloists Various selections, including Sneaky (1:30), Bullfight (4:00), Burlesque (5:00), Minotaur Cave (3:15)

    In 2002, puppeteer, author and musician Judd Palmer heard a performance of The Benevolent Predator, and was moved to exclaim “By God, you simply must write music for a...

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    Compassion

    by  • March 26, 2012 • Chamber and Solo Instrumental, music, quartet, String

    for string quartet (11:30)

    In 2009, the Dalai Lama visited Calgary, and I was fortunate to hear him speak.  I was struck by his conviction that all conflicts, large and small, can be resolved peacefully when individuals approach one another from a position of compassionate understanding.

    Compassion is a musical representation of that idea.

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    Black Jacques

    by  • March 26, 2012 • cello, music, orchestra, Orchestral, quartet, String, viola, violin

    for string quartet (6:30)
    or string orchestra (6:30)

          Black Jacques

    This piece is dedicated to the memory of Jack (1980? – 1996), a snaggle-toothed feline who came to stay with the Fenwick family for a night and lingered for many years.

    Much of Black Jacques’ thematic material was plundered from two well-known songs: “Frere Jacques” and “Hit the Road, Jack”, which (by coincidence) shares a bass line with “The Cat Came Back” and “Stray Cat Strut”.

    The version for string quartet was premiered by the Sunrise String Quartet in 1999.  It has since been performed in Cranbrook, BC, Saskatoon, SK, and by Land’s End Chamber Ensemble during their three Noche de Brujas cabaret performances at the Beat Niq Jazz and Social Club in Calgary in October, 2007.

    The version for string orchestra was premiered by the Calgary Chamber Players under the skillful direction of Chris Sandvoss late in 1999, or maybe early in 2000 (I was there, but now I forget which).  It has also been performed in Regina, SK.

    I know, you’re thinking that Jack gets around, but there’s more…

    The third version of Black Jacques, for full orchestra, was commissioned by Edmond Agopian, and was completed with the generous support of the Rozsa Foundation.  Mr. Agopian led the Calgary Youth Orchestra in the premiere of the full orchestral version on April 22, 2012, at Calgary’s Leacock Theatre.

    The Calgary Youth Orchestra will perform the piece four times during its August, 2012 tour of France: at La Madeline, in Paris; the Cryptoportique Gardens in Reims; Isigny-sur-mer; and during the Semaine Acadienne festival in St-Aubin-sur-mer.

    Ain’t Misbehavin’

    by  • March 26, 2012 • arrangements, music, quartet, String

    (Waller – 3:30)

          Ain't Misbehavin'

    Girl, Tomorrow Never Knows if Norwegians Would

    by  • March 26, 2012 • arrangements, cello, music, quartet, String, viola, violin

    (Lennon/McCartney – 6:00)

          Girl