16 musicians

The newlyweds’ great joy is a reality of the Kingdom of God, which began before us. Imagination of such joy inspired the conception of this work, which offers various musical expressions of joy—primarily the joy of the wedding and the celebration: “Let us be happy and joyful, and give glory to God, for this is the wedding of the Lamb, and his wife has made herself beautiful; she has been given dazzling white linen in which to clothe herself” (Ap 19, 7-8).

Here, the lack of place is interesting to explore, that is, the possibilities of festive music removed from the actual place of the festivities. Indeed, a classical concert hall does not generally allow the audience to dance and drink, no matter how festive the music being played.

Commissioned by the Chaîne culturelle de Radio-Canada, the piece was performed on May 4, 1999, by the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal. This festive music is dedicated to my parents, Daria and Pierre, to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

Pierre Klanac, 2000


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