Improvised Choreography

instrumentation: flute (+picc), 2 Bb clarinets (2nd +bass), horn, perc, piano (+celesta), 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 4 extra triangles

year: 2008


program notes
This piece was written for the Contemporary Music Ensemble of McGill University in 2008 while I was its composer in residence. In this work, I chose to explore the possibilities of spatialization by seating the performers in a specific way, such as to create a symmetry between the left and right sides of the stage. This symmetry is exploited accordingly in the antiphony and heterophony found in the music. In order to enhance space, I supplied many of the performers with triangles, whose placement on stage is more easily identified than, say, a clarinet’s entrance, however accented.

performance history

Première and only performance by the Contemporary Music Ensemble of McGill University, conducted by Jean-Michaël Lavoie, on April 11th 2008, in Pollack Hall, Montréal, QC, Canada.

download the score