Category Archive: Vocal

Mar 03 2009

Car tu es ma vérité (2009), for mezzo-soprano and piano

Score: Car tu es ma Vérité

Written: January 21, 2009

Performed by: Wallis Giunta (mezzo-soprano) and Surren Barry

Premiered at: Salle Pierre-Mercure, Center Pierre-Péladeau, Montréal (March 1, 2009), Jane Mallet Theatre, Toronto (March 3, 2009)

Program Note:

Car tu es vérité, written for Soundstreams’ Young Artist Overtures project, is my first song using a French text.  Being a beginner in French language, I must say it was quite an interesting project, considering I only had about a week to compose.  The text by his wife, Dawn Jeannette Kim, refers to various forms of love; from love for significant other to love of a country and sovereignty, in this case, Quebec.  This song’s connection to Claude Vivier’s compositional style is to his obsession of Fibonacci series where each number is a sum of previous two numbers.  Vivier, at times, takes this sequence to its extreme where a chord can repeat up to 55 times.  About the midpoint of Sean’s song is a repetition of a single chord repeated three times before inverting itself, then repeating five more times, and so on until the thirteenth time.

For an audio, click on the link below:
https://app.box.com/s/id3fcjtdy9eolnglugvy

Mar 16 2008

Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani? (2008), for baritone and piano

Score: Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?

Written: 2008

Performed by: Christopher Dunham and Sean Kim

Premiered at: St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario

Text: Mark 15: 34, Psalm 22:1

Program Note:

The text is based on one of the seven last words of Christ.

Mar 24 2003

O Death (2003), for tenor and piano

Score: O Death

Written: 2003

Performed by: Sasha Bataligin and Tanya Comfort (formerly Ellis)

Premiered at: von Kuster Hall, Music Building, the University of Western Ontario

Program Note:

Written for Sasha Bataligin to perform during one of Torin Chiles’ class recitals at the University of Western Ontario.

For an audio, click on the link below:
https://app.box.com/s/w6kvum6omi5zqb6z9a5q