Remembrances


Instrumentation:
2.2.2.2/4.2.3.1/2-perc/Hp/Strings
Duration:                 6 minutes
Year:                           2008

Audio Excerpt:

Brno Philharmonic, Mikel Toms conducting.

Program Notes:

   Remembrances was commissioned as part of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composers Project and is my earliest piece to date.  This project pairs a highschool student with the current ESO composer in residence to create a new 5 minute work for the orchestra.  It was during the time of writing that I was adjusting to life in Canada, having recently emigrated from Hong Kong to Edmonton.  Remembrances is a window into the past and my memories associated with my stay in the UK and Hong Kong.  The piece begins with a melancholic melody, and passes it between various solo instruments.  A large and heroic tutti section transitions into a lighter area, featuring a solo flute.  The voyage continues and ends in a loud and triumphant manner, highlighting the power of the brass and string families.

Performance History:

–  Sept 1st, 2008, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra @ Hawrelak Park, Edmonton
–  May 19th, 2009, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra @ Winspear Centre, Edmonton
–  May 20th, 2009, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra @ Winspear Centre, Edmonton
–  Feb 3rd, 2013, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra @ Toronto Centre for the Arts
–  Jun 9th, 2014, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra @ Besedni Dum, Brno, Czech Republic
– Sept 24th, 2017, Niagara Symphony Orchestra @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Center, St. Catharines
– Oct 21st, 2017, Guelph Symphony Orchestra @ River Run Center, Guelph

Awards:

–  Selected for the Ablaze Orchestral Masters CD vol.2 with the Brno Philharmonic
–  Winner of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Canadian Call for Scores 2012

Reviews:

March 2015 – reviewed on Music & Vision Classical Magazine, Geoff Pearce, reviewer. 

Roydon Tse’ Remembrances was a real surprise – a lovely heartfelt reminiscence, full of warmth and longing.  Ravel is a strong influence here, and the work is very listenable and one that I expect to often return to.”

Score:

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