My piece Transported is constructed according to the principle of a musical crescendo or swell, and is the merging of two kinds of music: ambient electronic and traditional fiddle music. Although the character of the piece is inspired by ambient music, particularly in the electronics, the structure is based on traditional dance forms. As a template for its form, Transported uses the energy and intensity that comes with the repetition of fiddle tunes at a ceilidh (or contra) dance. Fiddle tunes are often established around a binary form, with an A and a B part, which the player repeats indefinitely.  With the repetition of a tune, the shift from A to B and back propels the music forward, and a slower “sub” larger rhythm starts to emerge. With this structure comes an ever-increasing intensity, and in this piece it is aided by a cadenza played by the violin.  In Transported I have endeavored to take the idea of "ever-increasing intensity" as a means of building an emotional experience. This piece was produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and I would like to thank them for this support.

Premiered by Continuum on Feburary 10, 2013.

Rose Bolton CA

Based in Toronto, Rose Bolton is established as a composer who creates and envisions new sounds in the areas of classical and electronic music.  In addition to her work as a concert composer, she has written and produced full scores for five hour-long television documentaries for the CBC main network: Who’s Sorry Now?, The Disappearing Male, Surviving the Future, End of Men and Why Men Cheat. In 2011 she was commissioned by the Canadian Music Centre to create a sound and video installation for Toronto’s 2011 Nuit Blanche. The finished work, The Crown of the Bell, was produced in collaboration with film artist Marc de Guerre, and over 1000 people experienced the piece during the all-night event. Her concert music has garnered awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council; her work has been performed across Canada by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Esprit Orchestra, Tapestry New Opera, L’ensemble contemporain de Montréal, and Aradia Ensemble. Her music has been broadcast extensively on CBC radio and has been performed throughout Europe and North America. Assisted by a grant from the Canada Council, she has recently completed a series of ambient electronic “soundscapes” titled “Music for Headphones”.

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Rose Bolton