Work

In the High Branches (2008)

Linda Catlin Smith

string quartet, and gamelan

Commission: Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan with support from Ontario Arts Council

Performances

  • 18 Apr 2012 8:00 pm
    Montréal
    Salon qb 2012 | Homage Series Ana Sokolović
    Duggan | Klanac | Oesterle | Smith | Sokolović
  • 22 May 2012 8:00 pm
    Toronto
    Homage Series Ana Sokolović
    Duggan | Klanac | Oesterle | Smith | Sokolović

Program Notes

To the musicians of the Evergreen Club Gamelan and of SuperNova

When Blair Mackay, the artistic director of the Evergreen Club Gamelan, asked me to compose a new work for gamelan and string quartet, I was first pleased, but soon intrigued, and then almost worried about how to combine these two unlike groups of instruments. It’s an “oil and water” situation that was very challenging to think about. In the end, I tried to place the two groups alongside each other, allowing for a kind of transparency between them — to hear through from one group to the other — like two trees whose trunks are separate, but whose uppermost branches become interlaced.

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The piece was commissioned by the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan with support from Ontario Arts Council.