Squeeze

1997

Squeeze is march music.  It marches through the J. S. Bach chorale Jesus meine zuversicht, back and forth, in tight and furious formation.  The piano is the exception, a spectator at the proceedings, preferring silence, or an occasional dry comment.  Yet its taciturn asides eventually subdue the march, which becomes soggy, and never quite recovers its step.

Squeeze was written in 1996 for The Nash Ensemble of London, which premiered it at Princeton, New Jersey in 1997.


James Rolfe CA

Toronto composer James Rolfe has been commissioned and performed by soloists, ensembles, orchestras, choirs, theatres and opera companies in Canada and abroad. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the K. M. Hunter Music Award, and the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music. The Canadian Opera Company, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company, Tapestry New Opera, and Toronto Masque Theatre have commissioned and produced his operas. Current projects include a new operatic version of Gogol's The Overcoat with writer Morris Panych, to be premiered in spring 2018 by Tapestry Opera, Canstage, and Vancouver Opera, and a new work for Soundstreams for June 2018.

James Rolfe