Five Memos


I         In Which an Image is Formed

II        In Which Things Happen Quickly

III       The Removal of Weight

IV      Which Gives Speech to that Which Has No Language

V       Involving a Well Calculated Plan


In his remarkable 1985 book Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Italian novelist Italo Calvino offers a critique of the state of contemporary fiction and outlines his hopes and dreams for the future of writing. Based on five lectures, the titles of his chapters - "Lightness", "Quickness", "Exactitude", "Visibility", and "Multiplicity" - give insight into his aesthetic values. (A last memo, entitled "Consistency", was pre-empted by his death in 1985). Calvino's incredible perceptions and insights have been an inspiration to me for a long time. My work, in five sections, is intended as a similar (but somewhat humorous) commentary on the state of fine art music - its sounds, its theatre, its rituals - and perhaps also suggests glimpses into its future. Five Memos was commissioned by Continuum through the auspices of the Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council.

Peter Hatch CA

Peter Hatch’s works are in many genres, from orchestral and chamber music to instrumental, theatre, performance art, electroacoustics and installations. Some of his work incorporates theatrical and multi-media elements, reflecting his interest in extending traditional concert music performance practices. As well as his compositional work, Peter has been very active as the artistic director of new music ensembles and festivals. In 1985 he founded NUMUS Concerts, a Waterloo based new music organization, and was Composer-in-Residence with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony from 1999-2003. Peter’s compositions been recorded on numerous compact discs under the CBC Musica Viva, CMC Centrediscs, Conaccord, CBC and Artifact labels.

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