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.

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