Sarabande (from Ensuite)

2011 listen

I have always loved the Baroque dance suite form, and my love of slow music drew me in particular to the sarabandes.  In university, I played harpsichord, and worked on many such suites by Louis and Francois Couperin, Lully and Rameau among others.  I also took a course in Baroque dance, which gave me an understanding of the rhythmic life of the suites. While there is no specific reference to Baroque style in my piece, I explored the feeling of a sarabande, its particular lilt in 3/4 time (with departures into 3/8 and 4/4); in the end, the work became its ownkind of slow dance.


Linda C. Smith CA

Linda Catlin Smith grew up in New York and lives in Toronto. She studied music in NY, and at the University of Victoria. Her music has been performed and/or recorded by: Tafelmusik, Other Minds Festival, Trio Arbos (Madrid), Victoria, Kitchener-Waterloo and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, Arraymusic, Tapestry New Opera, Via Salzburg, Evergreen Club Gamelan, and the Del Sol, Penderecki, and Bozzini string quartets, among many others.  In 2005 her work Garland (for Tafelmusik) was awarded Canada’s prestigious Jules Léger Prize. Recently two solo discs of her music have been released: Thought and Desire, with Eve Egoyan, and Dirt Road on the Another Timbre label. A new CD, Drifter, will be released by Another Timbre in February 2017.

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Linda C. Smith