Chorals ornés (2007-08, 09)

Johann Sebastian Bach, Yves Daoust (Anouk Bereau, Jacinthe Dompierre, Gaston Miron, Matthieu Simard, libretto)

organ, and tape

Commission: Orgue et couleurs, Réseaux des arts médiatiques, with support from the CALQ

Rereading of the 14 chorals from the Orgelbüchlein (1708-14) by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Chorals ornés [Ornamented Chorals] was realized in 2007-08 at the composer’s studio in Montréal, and premiered by Régis Rousseau, organ, and Yves Daoust, mixing, during the concert Remix de classiques! presented on October 2, 2008 by Orgue et couleurs, as part of their Festival d’automne at Église Saint-Nom-de-Jésus in Montréal. This work was commissioned by Orgue et couleurs and Réseaux des arts médiatiques, with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). Texts are taken from the following poems: Matthieu Simard: Je t’écris petit; read by Julie Daoust; Anouk Bereau: Lettre d’amour?; read by Philippe Martin; Gaston Miron: Liminaire, l’Homme rapaillé; read by Vincent Graton and Yves Daoust; Jacinthe Dompierre: Mon bel amour; read by Linda Sorgini, and; Anouk Bereau: Va, mon bien-aimé; read by the author. The 14 chorals are taken from Orgelbüchlein (1708-14) by Johann Sebastian Bach. Chorals ornés was selected as a finalist for the 2009 Prix Prince-Pierre-de-Monaco, in the Music Composition category, and it was awarded an Opus for “Best Premiere Performance” at the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM)’s 13th Opus Awards Ceremony (January 2010).

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