Warblework

Cassandra Miller

Warblework has been performed in Albi, Bologna, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Edmonton, Glasgow, Guanajuato, Harrington, Huddersfield, Leuven, London, Montevideo, Montréal, Ottawa, Outremont, Reykjavik, Saltspring Island, Southampton and Tilburg…

This piece has an unusual origin. Years ago, in order to leave my home on the west coast of Canada to study composition in Europe, I raised money for my travel by selling as-yet unwritten bars of music to everyone I’d ever met. The result was a huge commission from over sixty friends, family, and community members. In 2011, with the help of the Quatuor Bozzini, I finally made good on my promise and created the piece Warblework.

Each of Warblework ’s four movements (warble = chirp) is based on birdsong — in particular of four thrushes (Swainson’s thrush, hermit thrush, wood thrush, veery thrush) — whose songs follow the harmonic series. When this birdsong is slowed down, they reveal incredibly human-like melodies. These four movements therefore put forth a sort of poem of the regional sounds from the Pacific Coast and its forests. While the thrushes move through the harmonic series, a tune in slow motion reveals melodies accented in folk and old jazz standard traditions.

Premiere

  • March 13, 2011, Community Sinfonia Project, Island Arts Centre, Saltspring Island (British Columbia, Canada)
  • March 10, 2019, Turner Sims Hall Southampton, Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton (England, UK)

Warblework

  • Composer(s): Cassandra Miller
  • Year of composition: 2011
  • Duration: 22:00
  • Instrumentation: string quartet
Movements
On disc
Concerts
5 Marc 2011
21h00
Miller
In person
Montréal (Québec)
13 Marc 2011
14h30
JankeMillerOesterle
In person
Saltspring Island (British Columbia, Canada)
21 Apri 2011
20h00
Série QB
BergerBrandesBrassetBrookClarkCodnerCormierEddingtonGirouardHöstmanJamiesonJericLeBelLecroulantLitkeMartinMillerMillerMortonNorrisNovotnyPalacio-QuintinPriestPrimardReicheRoarkRoySablichSchünemannYoung
In person
Montréal (Québec)
12 Sept 2011
MillerOesterleVivierXenakis
In person
Montevideo (Uruguay)
18 Octo 2011
HirsMillerOesterleVivier
In person
Tilburg (Netherlands)
22 Octo 2011
16h00
JanssensMillerOh
In person
Leuven (Belgium)
21 Nove 2011
16h10
CormierJamiesonMartinMillerPalacio-Quintin
In person Free admission
Huddersfield (England, UK)
26 July 2012
18h30
MillerOesterleVivier
In person
Montréal (Québec)
29 July 2012
11h00
CageFeldmanMiller
In person
Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)
19 Apri 2013
20h00
Série QB
AhvenniemiMcKinleyMillerSkempton
In person
Montréal (Québec)
25 June 2013
21h00
Miller
In person
Harrington (Québec)
8 May 2015
21h30
CraneMiller
In person
Bologna (Italy)
17 Marc 2017
19h00
CheungCrutchleyFreyMiller
In person
Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)
9 June 2017
20h00
BachBeethovenHaydnIvesLesageMillerPurcellSchumannSokolovićStravinskyWebern
In person
Montréal (Québec)
22 Febr 2018
18h00
ArnoldMillerSmith
In person
Chicago (Illinois, USA)
2 Nove 2018
ApplebaumKagelLewisMiller
In person
Glasgow (Scotland, UK)
10 Dece 2018
20h00
Série QB
Miller
In person
Montréal (Québec)
10 Marc 2019
15h00
BeethovenHaydnMillerNewland
In person
Southampton (England, UK)
12 Marc 2019
20h00
ChadburnCraneMillerNewlandWeeks
In person
London (England, UK)
5 Octo 2019
20h00
MillerSmithTenneyWolff
In person
Albi (Tarn, France)
11 Octo 2019
17h00
MillerOesterleSmithTenney
In person
Guanajuato (Mexico)
12 Marc 2020
19h30
MillerSokolovićTanWolff
In person
Colorado Springs (Colorado, USA)
9 June 2020
20h15
MillerOesterleSokolović
Online event Free access
Montréal (Québec)
20 June 2020
22h00
Cancelled
CageMillerSokolović
In person
Snape Bridge (England, UK)
3 July 2020
20h00
Cancelled
BachMillerOesterleSokolović
In person
Cesena (Italy)
14 Augu 2020
18h30
GarchikMillerSokolovićTagaq
In person
Montréal (Québec)
15 Augu 2020
GarchikMillerOesterleTagaq
In person Free admission
Montréal (Québec)
15 Augu 2020
15h25 – 16h15
GarchikMillerOesterleTagaq
In person
Montréal (Québec)
28 Augu 2020
17h30
GarchikMillerOesterleTagaq
In person
Montréal (Québec)
31 Augu 2020
17h00
Miller
In person
Montréal (Québec)
31 Augu 2020
17h45
Miller
In person
Montréal (Québec)
31 Augu 2020
18h30
Miller
In person
Montréal (Québec)
15 Sept 2020
14h00
MillerOesterleSokolović
In person
Montréal (Québec)
22 Nove 2020
14h00
Postponed: Friday, February 11, 2022
CheungMacklayMillerSchubertShostakovichSokolović
In person
Saint-Laurent (Québec)
2 Marc 2022
19h00
Série QB
MillerOesterleSokolović
In person
Outremont (Québec)
3 Marc 2022
13h30
Série QB
MillerOesterleSokolović
In person
Outremont (Québec)
3 Dece 2022
11h30
BarryGarchikMillerTagaq
In person
London (England, UK)
24 Janu 2023
19h00
GarchikMillerTagaqThorvaldsdottir
In person
Reykjavik (Iceland)
27 Apri 2023
19h30
Série QB
MillerOesterleSokolović
In person
Montréal (Québec)
28 Apri 2023
19h30
Série QB
MillerOesterleSokolović
In person
Montréal (Québec)