Musique(s) du feu

  • September 30, 2018
    3:00 pm
Salle Pierre-Mercure — Centre Pierre-Péladeau
300, boulevard de Maisonneuve Est

Works by Messiaen, Morel, Tremblay.

Concert hosted by Georges Nicholson, with contribution from composers Yannick Plamondon and Michel Gonneville.

Walter Boudreau opens the 53rd season of the SMCQ with a major free concert paying tribute to Gilles Tremblay and François Morel, two pillars of Quebec contemporary music who passed away in the past two years. With music that at times evokes fiery inflections and Gregorian chants (Tremblay), and at other times beams of brilliantly coloured light filtered through stained-glass windows (Morel), the conductor takes us through a genuine sound cathedral. Crowned by an orchestral work by a “master of these masters”, Olivier Messiaen, who was also inspired by large sacred spaces, this concert pays a post-mortem tribute as majestic and bright as these renowned Canadian composers.

The public is urged to plunge into Gilles Tremblay’s creative process through a participatory activity animated by young composer /DJ Chirine Tarhouny prior to the concert (2:30 pm), within the framework of the Journées de la culture.

With the participation of the musicians of the percussion ensemble Sixtrum.



  • two horns, two trumpets, two trombones, tuba, and three percussions
    Commission: SMCQ, with support from the CCA
  • solo piano, flute (piccolo), two flutes, three oboes, clarinet (bass clarinet), clarinet (clarinet in E-flat), clarinet, three bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, two trombones, bass trombone, two tubas, and six percussions
    Commission: SMCQ, with support from the CCA
  • five flutes (including two piccolos), four oboes (including Engish horn), five clarinets (three in B-flat, one in E-flat, one bass), five clarinets, three bassoons, contrabassoon, six horns, four trumpets, three trombones, bass trombone, tuba, bass saxhorn, and six percussions
    Commission: André Malraux

Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, dans le cadre des Journées de la culture