Courante(s) (from Ensuite)

2011 listen

Music compositions are often the composer’s phantasms come true. This can be obvious or not, depending on the composer’s reserve. As I do not see myself as particularly prudish, I will admit it bluntly:  this (these) Courante(s) is (are) my phantasms become music. There is probably something a bit perverse in all this, but I will let you find that out on your own. I had been thinking for a while of composing a race-like piece. A race to something positive, a jubilatory race, nothing like an escape. So why not interpret this commission of a courante literally? Why not create a “running dance”? This is precisely what I did, while colouring this short work with a few characteristics of the baroque courante and with some allusions to authentic courantes of the repertoire. And all this, using almost exclusively the colours of the major mode, in order to make the result as optimistic and euphoric as possible.


Nicolas Gilbert CA

Nicolas Gilbert (born 1979) is a composer and novelist living and working in Montreal. He studied composition and analysis at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with composers Michel Gonneville and Serge Provost, and at McGill University with composer John Rea. His music is performed around the world by orchestras, ensembles and soloists such as the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Vancouver Symphony, the Polish Radio Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony, the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the SMCQ, the Molinari Quartet, Quasar, Continuum, and cellist Matt Haimovitz. He is recipient of numerous grants and awards including the 2008 “Composer of the year” Opus Prize awarded by the Quebec Music Council and ten SOCAN Awards for Young Composers. His two novels, Le recital (2008) and Le joueur de triangle (2009), are published by Leméac and have received positive reviews.

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Nicolas Gilbert