Au fond du cloître humide

A dialogue with a great pianist of the past
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Premiere Cast
Anne Thompson, flutes Max Christie, clarinets Carol Lynn Fujino, violin Paul Widner, cello Gregory Oh, piano Ryan Scott, percussion Brian Current, conductor
“The work is outstanding in its contemporary treatment of musical materials, including musical quotation and the exploration of the full range of the ensemble. Benefiting from the composer’s refined sense of musical pacing, time, and form, the work balances between the familiar and unfamiliar, providing bridges to the past for its own contextualization and ongoing musical dialogue.”
Allison Cameron, André Hamel, Jocelyn Victoria Morlock: Jury of the Jules-Léger Prize 2014

Through its use of quotation, the composition moves between clear, subtle, and disguised representations of melodic and harmonic materials from the piano music of 19th-century composer Frédéric Chopin. While on one hand presenting a playful and inviting point of reference, especially for music lovers and music students alike who may already be familiar with the works of Chopin, the use of quotation in Tidrow’s composition is also unexpected, challenging the audience and inviting their curiosity and close attention.

“In its use of quotation, the composition moves between clear, subtle, and disguised representations of melodic and harmonic materials from the piano music of 19th-century composer Frédéric Chopin. While on one hand presenting a playful and inviting point of reference, especially for music lovers and music students alike who may already be familiar with the works of Chopin, the use of quotation in Tidrow’s composition is also unexpected, challenging the audience and inviting their curiosity and close attention.”
Allison Cameron, André Hamel, Jocelyn Victoria Morlock: Jury of the Jules-Léger Prize 2014

As the composer himself has noted, the work is “a playing field between two musical worlds: one led by the piano and referring to music of the past, the other starring the percussion and dominated by un-pitched sounds such as brushing, scrubbing, scratching, and bouncing.” The strings and wind instruments are meanwhile “torn between a world of romanticism and a world of utter noise, ultimate victims of this musical tug-of-war.”‍

Continuum Contemporary Music
2014
Fl, Cl, Vln, Vlc, Perc, Pno
18 min
Composer
Compositeur
Komponist

Au fond du cloître humide

Continuum Contemporary Music
2014
Fl, Cl, Vln, Vlc, Perc, Pno
18 min
Anne Thompson, flutes Max Christie, clarinets Carol Lynn Fujino, violin Paul Widner, cello Gregory Oh, piano Ryan Scott, percussion Brian Current, conductor
A dialogue with a great pianist of the past