Duet – Memories


Instrumentation:
 Harp and Marimba (5 Octave)
Duration:                 8 minutes
Year:                           2014

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Program Notes

Written for the Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop in the summer of 2014, “Memories” is my first effort in writing for this instrumental combination, and there are different layers to the piece. On the surface, this duet is an exploration of minimalism and convergence. Throughout the work, I created a musical arc using the simplest material, a repeating sextuplet figure beginning in the harp. As the piece evolves organically, lines fade into each other creating a panning effect on stage.

On the second level, “Memories” is a conceptual representation of my stream of consciousness and how memories can often surface in my mind and disappear as if it had never been there. To portray this phenomenon, I introduce a melodic fragment halfway through the piece that weaves in an out of a one note ostinato. The fragment is developed within this framework, and is always accompanied by the ostinato creating a line through the piece.

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Performance History

  • Sept 26, 2014, Sanya Eng & Ryan Scott
    Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop
    University of Toronto, Walter Hall
    Toronto, Canada
  • Mar 21, 2015, Karen Koh & Sam Kim
    University of Toronto, Walter Hall
    Toronto, Canada
  • Jun 03, 2015, Michelle Gott & Dominique Moreau
    University of Ottawa, Perez Hall
    Ottawa, Canada
  • Sept 11, 2016, Juliette Commeaux & Ruben Lajara
    Museo di Altamira, Cantabria
    Spain
  • Jun 15, 2018, David Lootvoet & Nicolas Lethuillier
    Paris Opera Orchestra Chamber Series
    Amphitheatre Bastille, Paris, France
  • Jun 23, 2019, Silvia Vicaria & Gerardo Capaldo
    Municipality of Montebelluna, Italy
    European Music Festival

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