2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, piano, 2 percussions, 12 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos and 2 double basses

Commission: Olympic Arts Festival (XV Olympic Winter Games)

As with a number of my compositions, this work concerns itself with the malleability of musical form and the possibility for listeners to perceive its ongoing transformations. Both the progression of the colours as well as the harmonies here suggest a kind of ondulation which, in its expansiveness, drives the music forward only to have it contract and, once again, start over a cycle. This and other related procedures characterize a music which, for all of its recurrent shapes and wave-like motions, attempts to make sonorous a few of life’s essential activities: running and breathing vigorously.

Thanks to a grant from the Canada Council, this work was commissioned by the Esprit Orchestra (Toronto) and premiered during the Arts Festival at the Olympic Games held in Calgary (1988).

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