Duet – Memories

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

Complete Performance:

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.

Performance History:

Sep 11, 2016, Juliette Commeaux & Ruben Lajara @ Museo di Altamira, Cantabria, Spain
Jun 3, 2015, Michelle Gott & Dominique Moreau @ University of Ottawa, ON
Mar 21, 2015, Karen Koh & Sam Kim @ University of Toronto Walter Hall, Toronto, ON.
Sep 26, 2014, Sanya Eng &  Ryan Scott @ University of Toronto Walter Hall, Toronto, ON.


Winner, 2015 Canadian University Music Society’s Student Composers Competition
Winner,  SOCAN Foundation Young Composers’ Awards, 2nd Prize, Pierre Mercure



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