Remembrances of a Garden


Remembrances of a Garden (1994)  was commissioned by the CBC for L’Ensemble Pierrot of Ottawa.  The composer states, “For some time now, I have been fascinated by the paintings and the concepts of Paul Klee. One aspect of Klee’s work, a background of multi-shaded squares spilling onto one another, was used as a structural idea for this composition. At the same time, I am also enchanted by the flow and overlap, the improvised growth over the rigid structures of the Giverny gardens of Claude Monet. Something of those structures of Monet’s was also present in my thoughts during the composition of this piece. Remembrances of a Garden takes its title from a painting by Paul Klee.”

Ronald Bruce Smith CA/US

Ronald Bruce Smith studied composition at the University of Toronto, McGill University and the University of California at Berkeley from which he received the Ph.D. in music. He has also studied at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau and at IRCAM in Paris, France, and has held residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. His principal composition teachers include Tristan Murail, Bruce Mather, Richard Felciano and Talivaldis Kenins. He has also studied computer music and synthesis with David Wessel. In 1996-97 he was a visiting composer at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and since 1998 he has been a composer-in-residence at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) at the University of California at Berkeley. Smith has taught at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University and is currently professor of composition at Northeastern University in Boston.  Smith has received many awards and commissions for his work including commissions funded by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and Gibson Guitars.  Recent performers of his works include the Aitken/Tureski Duo, the Arraymusic Ensemble, California E.A.R. Unit, Cikada, Continuum Ensemble, Del Sol String Quartet, Earplay, Pierrot Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Speculum Musicae, Vancouver New Music Ensemble, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and at festivals in Europe, the Americas and Australia.  His music has been recorded to CD by Continuum, Arraymusic, the Del Sol String Quartet and the Evergreen Club Gamelan.

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