Bloody Jack

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  • 45'
  • Soprano, Piano

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This work is a cycle of fourteen songs based on selected poems from Dennis Cooley’s 1984 collection Bloody Jack. These poems relate to the life of John Krafchenko, a Hungarian immigrant to Canada who became a notorious outlaw. The music was originally composed between 2015 and 2017, and revised in 2020. The piece is dedicated to performers Laura Loewen and Dawn Bruch.

perishable light

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  • 15
  • Viola, Viola d'Amore, Percussion

A Star of Solitude

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  • 19
  • Soprano, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Viola, Percussion

Septet

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  • 14
  • Flute, Oboe, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Violin, Cello, Piano

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Septet was commissioned by the ensemble mosaik with financial assistance from the Canada Council. The world premiere was given in Calgary on February 8, 2017. The musicians were:

 

Bettina Junge – flute

Simon Strasser – oboe

Christian Vogel – clarinet/bass clarinet

Martin Losert – alto saxophone

Chatschatur Kanajan – violin

Mathis Mayr – cello

Ernst Surberg – piano

Sechs Mörike Lieder

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  • 11
  • 2.2.2.2. 2.2.0.0. perc. (1) soprano strings

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These are orchestrations of six songs from Hugo Wolf’s Mörike Lieder:

Ein Stündlein wohl vor Tag

Der Gärtner

Zitronenfalter im April

An den Schlaf

Erstes Liebeslied eines Mädchens

Nixe Binsefuß

They were written for soprano Sarah Kirsch, conductor Wanda Kaluzny and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra.

Sólo queda el desierto

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  • 27
  • 2.2.2.2. 2.2.0.0. perc. (1) soprano strings

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All of the poems are concerned with the subject of time: time that is wasted, the unceasing nature of time, the perishability of beauty in time, our desire to change our experience of the flow of time, the finality of time, time and timelessness. I think that they fit together beautifully as a cycle, and I have been holding on to them for a number of years waiting for an opportunity to set them. This opportunity came in the form of a commission from Wanda Kaluzny and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, which I was pleased to fulfill. The works were written for soprano Sarah Kirsch.

Bloody Jack (work in progress)

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  • 25
  • voice, piano

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A song cycle based on poetry by Dennis Cooley

Commissioned by Dawn Bruch and Laura Loewen

and the sky caught

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  • 15
  • clarinet/bass clarinet, viola, piano

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Commissioned by Trio ’86
Krista Martynes, Clarinet
Jennifer Thiessen, Viola
Marc Wieser, Piano

with financial assistance from The Manitoba Arts Council

World Premiere:
February 28, 2012 – Providence University College, Winnipeg, Canada

additional performances:
2/29/12 – Brandon University
3/1/12 – Canadian Mennonite University
3/2/12 University of Manitoba