Archive for December, 2007

Rosedale Redux

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J.S. Bach, Et Misericordia

Quite a different scene looking north by north-west from the Glen Road Bridge in Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood compared with just a few short weeks ago!

After a successful CD launch here just a few days ago, I had the good fortune of playing flute this morning at Rosedale United Church‘s Choral Advent Service: what a wonderful choir and warm community to get to know. This particular service was chock-a-block (sp?) with a wide assortment of seasonal favourites and choral masterpieces; I recorded the musical pieces that were presented, however most of them are just a little too long for me to post easily. (In this case, there is a 50 second delay as I set down the recorder and make my way to the front of the sanctuary to play.)

Originally scored for oboe and oboe d’amore, soprano, tenor and keyboard, Mariana and I used our richest, double-reed tone with our two flutes to best suit the ensemble. This is an exquisite piece by Bach – brought together with one short rehearsal – to lend musical accompaniment to this evocative, wintry scene.

If you like the piece enough, you might want to check out this orchestral version…never one to quibble with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, it is gratifying to hear that we pretty much nailed the ‘going’ tempo for this meditative selection!

Jacques Cartier Bridge, Montreal

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Behrens

Okay, I admit I have a thing about playing flute under bridges! Partly I have discovered that while providing fairly live acoustics, the ambient sound of traffic in the background is often surprisingly surreal and evocative. In this case, I couldn’t think of a better way to clear my head after a very late night (quel surpris!) in Montreal, the cafe au lait not having really done the trick! Listen for the surprising glimpses of reverberant spaciousness that come through in certain phrase fragments. Despite the din of morning traffic on wet pavement coming from all directions, and the fact that the bridge pictured here is easily 150′-200′ overhead from where I set up to record, the acoustic of the space is remarkably distinct.

So this post gets grouped along with playing under the Gardiner Expressway here in Toronto, as well under an Interstate on the way back from the Flute Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The source music is from a piece by the distinguished composer Jack Behrens, and recorded after finally extricating myself south out of a deliciously rain-soaked Montreal rush-hour weekday crush, en route through upstate New York and Vermont, headed for Boston.

Incidentally, there is a Jacques Cartier theme simmering away with the locations and source material for UrbanFlute…I am determined to convey this in greater detail before too long!

Playing Jack’s piece was the perfect way to get my bearings before getting back in my car and heading down through New England!