• viola

    Lakeside

    by  • March 26, 2012 • digital, Solo, video, viola • 0 Comments

    Lakeside is a piece for solo viola, digital soundscape and digital video (10:00).  It  honours the life and legacy of the late Leonard Leacock, and was created as part of Mount Royal University’s Centennial Celebrations.

    Leonard Leacock was an accomplished composer, pianist, and photographer, but his greatest achievement was enriching the lives of generations of Mount Royal Conservatory students by giving them piano lessons, during a tenure that spanned seven decades.  In keeping with Leacock’s dedication to educating young people, several talented Conservatory students recorded contributions to the soundscape of the piece: Caroline Kim, Clio Mawdsley, Krishan Power, Scott Ross-Molyneux, and Natalie Wiebe.

    The solo viola part was performed by Gabe Kastelic.

    Four Calgary artists collaborated to create Lakeside: visual artists Mirian Fabijan and Oli
    Siska, and sound composers George Fenwick and Laurie Radford.  Through the creative process, the artists have paid homage to Mr. Leacock’s lasting contribution to the Mount Royal Conservatory, and to the
    cultural life of Calgary.  The piece was premiered in September, 2011.

          Lakeside

     

    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.

    Girl, Tomorrow Never Knows if Norwegians Would

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

    (Lennon/McCartney – 6:00)

          Girl