The next concert of the Orlando Philharmonic’s Sounds of Summer series will include the world premiere of Benoit Glazer’s Petite Pièce Québécoise, representing Canada for the ‘Music of the Americas’ concert theme.
Besides serving as the music director of Cirque du Soleil since 1998, Glazer is known among local art music aficionados as the host and owner of the captivating ‘white house,’ where Timucua Arts Foundation concerts and recitals take place almost every Sunday. Events organized by partnering organizations Accidental Music Festival, Civic Minded Five, and Central Florida Composers Forum are also presented at the celebrated ‘white house.’
Scored for trumpet and strings, the programmatic Petite Pièce Québécoise is cast in three movements and harks back to the composer’s childhood memories. The first movement, ‘la forêt laurentienne, l’hiver,’ is a “depiction of me zooming through the forest on cross country skis,” shares Glazer, a competitive skier in his early teens. “You should feel the downhill sections, the uphill grind, the clearing on top of the hill, and the small game scattering when I approached. This is rather fast, in triple time, and the tempo is based on my memory of the grouse’s flight, a very characteristic sound in the forest of my youth.”
For the second movement, ‘la vallée,’ Glazer turned to the St. Lawrence valley, aiming to depict the area’s villages and cathedrals. “It is a very slow waltz, because that is our folkloric tradition,” says the Montréal-born composer and trumpet player. “Our version of the blues, we would complain about the hard life, but disguise it as a slow waltz, so that the British wouldn’t know we were talking about them.”
‘la fête’ closes the piece, depicting party music. Glazer promises that it is “complete with a drunk uncle retelling his story, and ‘le reel des ouvriers,’ a favorite reel of my father’s.”
The musical language draws from Prokofiev, Holst, Copland, and some traditional music from the folklore of Québec, “all with my own voice, hopefully,” shares Glazer, who will join the chamber ensemble on trumpet.
The Orlando-based musician has collaborated with members of the Orlando Philharmonic before: in May 2013, the Central Florida Composers Forum presented new music for string quartet, with the participation of Orlando Philharmonic members. The program included Glazer’s The Eve of Evil, for quartet plus trumpet, piano, and an additional cello and viola each. Alternating between foreboding dissonance and triadic elation, The Eve of Evil employs jazz elements, counterpoint, and Stravinskyan percussive string bowing, resulting in a terrific modern chamber piece.
Presented on August 2, and 3, ‘Music of the Americas’ will be led by Duo Sole (Mauricio Céspedes Rivero and Alexander Stevens), and will include Stephen Seifert on dulcimer. The program also features music by celebrated composers Ennio Morricone, Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera, and Connie Ellisor.
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MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS
- Sunday, August 2, 2015 | 7 p.m., The Villages Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center
- Monday, August 3, 2015 | 7 p.m., The Plaza ‘LIVE’ Orlando