First Nations storyteller, solo violin, strings and harpsichord
Instrumentation First Nations storyteller; solo violin; strings (11111) or chamber orchestral strings; harpsichord (two-manual)
Timing ca. 40′
Commissioned by Vetta Chamber Music with assistance from the British Columbia Arts Council and the Deux Mille Foundation
World Premiere April 27, 2016, ArtSpring Island Arts Centre, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Joan Blackman, violin; Rosemary Georgeson, storyteller; Vetta Chamber Music
Recorded by Vetta Chamber Players featuring Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene storyteller), Joan Blackman (solo violin), and Renae Morriseau (First Nations musician/drummer) on Seasons of the Sea
Performance note This work is intended to be performed with spoken word by Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene storyteller Rosemary Georgeson
Anyone who lives next to salt water knows how the sea shapes and marks the passing of each year. Living on the west coast of Canada, I have come to notice the way the sea changes: the sparkling blue in the high summer sun, the wind-stirred waves in the fall, the turn to dark grey in winter, the calming and warming of the spring. For those whose livelihood depends on the sea, knowing, respecting and honouring these changes is a part of daily life.
Commissioned by Vancouver’s Vetta Chamber Music as a companion piece to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and created in collaboration with Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene storyteller Rosemary Georgeson, Seasons of the Sea begins at the December solstice, the longest night here, when the sea is dangerous and people stay close. As the year progresses, each solstice and equinox marked by a solo violin cadenza, spring emerges, the salmon make their summer return, the autumn fog rolls in, the wind picks up, and finally we return to the beginning and a new cycle.
Seasons of the Sea is dedicated to Joan Blackman in celebration of Vetta’s 30th anniversary season.
PDF perusal scoreSeasons of the Sea perusal
Two promotional videos from Vetta Chamber Music:
From a 2017 performance at Vancouver’s Aboriginal Friendship Centre:
And from the 2016 Vancouver premiere:
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