Music for Ancient Spaces (1992)


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Music for Ancient Spaces was written in 1992 for a festival at the St. Norbert Arts and Cultural Centre on the outskirts of Winnipeg. The festival took place in the ruins of the monastery’s cathedral, and I used original blueprints for the cathedral to measure some of the spatial proportions of the building. These proportions were converted into temporal relationships, which were then used as a structural basis for the piece. In this work I tried to mirror the combined sense of vastness and peacefulness which I associate with the St. Norbert ruins. The work was realized in my studio in Winnipeg. I would like to acknowledge the University of Manitoba Faculty Research Grant and Research Development Funds for their assistance with my work.