Heureux qui comme…*
… Denis Gougeon, following in the footsteps of Claude Vivier (2008), Gilles Tremblay (2010) and Ana Sokolović (2012), is the honored “homage” composer for the SMCQ’s 48th season (2013-14)!
“Heureux” as the generator of an impressive and comprehensive catalog of more than one-hundred extremely varied works intended for all music genres: full orchestra, opera, ballet, chamber music, concerto, solo, theater and still more. His productivity and in particular his inspiration seems inexhaustible, and each new creation is always assured of success, as much for its interpreters as for the public!
“Heureux”, as indeed the interpreters of his music going back to his career debut can attest, maintaining a unique collaboration and attentiveness, resulting in an experience that is pleasurable, be it in jubilant or dark moments - communicating irresistible music!
“Heureux”, as is the public - young, older, scholars or neophytes - to whom he dedicates a rare and profound consideration, evidenced by an intense concern for a “direct” and immediately frank communication with his music, demonstrating at all times a formidable efficiency!
“Heureux” as are his works, patiently created fruits of his labor, comparable to the intricate mechanics of watch-making, accurate within a quarter of an hour, where the delicate balance melds with the composer’s everpresent “scholarly” musical speculation, and its access to the general public, ensuring his continuous success!
“Heureux”, as ultimately all will be, who benefit from a Denis Gougeon “Odyssey” throughout the entire year, thanks to our numerous associates in the cultural milieu, allowing us to discover or rediscover the music of this renowned local composer, original, inspirational, vital, active, a major humanitarian, qualities that have garnered him numerous prizes and distinctions, resulting in his becoming one of the most often played and respected Canadian composers both here and abroad.
* This phrase references Denis Gougeon’s work Heureux qui comme… (1987). “Heureux qui, comme Ulysse, a fait un beau voyage”(tr. “Happy he who, like Ulysses has travelled well”), coming from the sonnet of the same name by French medieval poet Joachim Du Bellay.