baritone, piano, flute and harp

Commission: SMCQ with support from the Fonds Gilles Tremblay

Premiere: March 3, 2006, MusiMars 2006: Aurores boréales, Salle Pollack — Pavillon Strathcona — Université McGill, Montréal (Québec)

The fierceness and intensity of the fragments of Davidic psalms found here have generated a rather harsh musical setting. The three instruments inhabit the space around and beneath the voice with stark illuminations mirroring the sentiments awakened by the psalmodic questioning, at a thousand leagues from jubilation of any sort. In the midst of the desert, the voice of the baritone must pierce the fragile, discordant clouds of the piano-flute-harp trio, where other, more hopeful, prayers have been turned into pure instrumental sound. Framing the seven fragments are a prologue and an epilogue in which the singer expresses his faith, in deconstructed latin, before and after his more desperate appeals. I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to Gilles Tremblay.

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Performances

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