Etudes Multiples

1996

Intended for an audience of young people, Études Multiples is a work inspired by the “practicing” that each musician undertakes with their instrument. Each movement thus becomes an etude conceived from various exercises.Each movement is always shorter than the one that precedes it, so that the exercise becomes more and more difficult. The twelve etudes, with their evocative titles, are performed without a pause.

  • For the five fingers, gardens, and love...
  • For gardens, love, and myself...
  • For love, myself, and the black keys...
  • For myself, the black keys, and a torrent...
  • For the black keys, a torrent, and sixths...
  • For a torrent, sixths, and appoggiaturas...
  • For sixths, appoggiaturas, and an aeolian harp...
  • For appoggiaturas, an aeolian harp, and trills...
  • For an aeolian harp, trills, and tremolos...
  • For trills, tremolos, and repeated notes...
  • For tremolos, repeated notes, and chromatic steps...
  • For repeated notes, chromatics steps, and two fingers.

Ensemble Clavivent (Société des vents de Montréal) commissioned this composition, which received its premiere on April 22, 1997 in Montreal.

John Rea


John Rea CA

Recipient of many awards, John Rea has been frequently commissioned and has written works in several genres: chamber music, music-theater, electroacoustic music, and compositions for large ensemble such as orchestra, ballet, choral, and opera.

Since 2001, his re-orchestration for 21 players of Alban Berg’s operatic masterpiece Wozzeck, op.7, commissioned and first performed by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) in 1995 has been performed in a dozen new productions around the world.

Since 1973, he has taught composition, music theory, and history at McGill University where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Music (1986-1991), today the Schulich School of Music. He co-founded two musical societies in Montreal (Les Événements du neuf, and Traditions musicales du monde), and for twenty-five years was a member of the artistic committee of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ).

For the season 2015-16, he was named by the SMCQ as composer of the year in their Homage Series. http://www.smcq.qc.ca/smcq/en/hommage/2015/.

 

John Rea