Premiere: March 1, 2009, Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2009: Hommage à Claude Vivier: Prélude, Salle Pierre-Mercure — Centre Pierre-Péladeau, Montréal (Québec)
Written for Soundstreams’ Young Artist Overtures project, Car tu es la vérité is my first song using a French text. Being a beginner in French language, I must say it was quite an interesting project, considering I only had about a week to compose. The text by his wife, Dawn Jeannette Howson-Kim, refers to various forms of love; from love for significant other to love of a country and sovereignty, in this case, Quebec. This song’s connection to Claude Vivier’s compositional style is to his obsession of Fibonacci series where each number is a sum of previous two numbers. Vivier, at times, takes this sequence to its extreme where a chord can repeat up to 55 times. About the midpoint of the song is a repetition of a single chord repeated three times before inverting itself and repeating five more times, and so on until the thirteenth time.
Sunday, March 1, 2009