Warblework

Cassandra Miller

Warblework has been performed in Albi, Bologna, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Edmonton, Glasgow, Guanajuato, Harrington, Huddersfield, Leuven, London, Montevideo, Montréal, Ottawa, 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

  • Cassandra Miller
  • Year of composition: 2011
  • Duration: 22:00
  • Instrumentation: string quartet

Movements

On disc

Concerts

5 Marc 2011
9:00 pm
Miller
Montréal (Québec)
13 Marc 2011
2:30 pm
JankeMillerOesterle
Saltspring Island (British Columbia, Canada)
21 Apri 2011
8:00 pm
Série QB
BergerBrandesBrassetBrookClarkCodnerCormierEddingtonGirouardHöstmanJamiesonJericLeBelLecroulantLitkeMartinMillerMillerMortonNorrisNovotnyPalacio-QuintinPriestPrimardReicheRoarkRoySablichSchünemannYoung
Montréal (Québec)
12 Sept 2011
MillerOesterleVivierXenakis
Montevideo (Uruguay)
18 Octo 2011
HirsMillerOesterleVivier
Tilburg (Netherlands)
22 Octo 2011
4:00 pm
JanssensMillerOh
Leuven (Belgium)
21 Nove 2011
4:10 pm
CormierJamiesonMartinMillerPalacio-Quintin
Free admission
Huddersfield (England, UK)
26 July 2012
6:30 pm
MillerOesterleVivier
Montréal (Québec)
29 July 2012
11:00 am
CageFeldmanMiller
Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)
19 Apri 2013
8:00 pm
Série QB
AhvenniemiMcKinleyMillerSkempton
Montréal (Québec)
25 June 2013
9:00 pm
Miller
Harrington (Québec)
8 May 2015
9:30 pm
CraneMiller
Bologna (Italy)
17 Marc 2017
7:00 pm
CheungCrutchleyFreyMiller
Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)
9 June 2017
8:00 pm
BachBeethovenHaydnIvesLesageMillerPurcellSchumannSokolovićStravinskyWebern
Montréal (Québec)
22 Febr 2018
6:00 pm
ArnoldMillerSmith
Chicago (Illinois, USA)
2 Nove 2018
ApplebaumKagelLewisMiller
Glasgow (Scotland, UK)
10 Dece 2018
8:00 pm
Série QB
Miller
Montréal (Québec)
10 Marc 2019
3:00 pm
BeethovenHaydnMillerNewland
Southampton (England, UK)
12 Marc 2019
8:00 pm
ChadburnCraneMillerNewlandWeeks
London (England, UK)
5 Octo 2019
8:00 pm
MillerSmithTenneyWolff
Albi (Tarn, France)
11 Octo 2019
5:00 pm
MillerOesterleSmithTenney
Guanajuato (Mexico)
12 Marc 2020
7:30 pm
MillerSokolovićTanWolff
Colorado Springs (Colorado, USA)
9 June 2020
8:15 pm
MillerOesterleSokolović
Online event Free access
Montréal (Québec)
20 June 2020
10:00 pm
Cancelled
CageMillerSokolović
Snape Bridge (UK)
3 July 2020
8:00 pm
Cancelled
BachMillerOesterleSokolović
Cesena (Italy)
14 Augu 2020
6:30 pm
GarchikMillerSokolovićTagaq
Montréal (Québec)
15 Augu 2020
GarchikMillerOesterleTagaq
Free admission
Montréal (Québec)
15 Augu 2020
3:25 pm – 4:15 pm
GarchikMillerOesterleTagaq
Montréal (Québec)
28 Augu 2020
5:30 pm
GarchikMillerOesterleTagaq
Montréal (Québec)
31 Augu 2020
5:00 pm
Miller
Montréal (Québec)
31 Augu 2020
5:45 pm
Miller
Montréal (Québec)
31 Augu 2020
6:30 pm
Miller
Montréal (Québec)
15 Sept 2020
2:00 pm
MillerOesterleSokolović
Montréal (Québec)
22 Nove 2020
2:00 pm
Postponed
CheungMacklayMillerSchubertShostakovichSokolović
Saint-Laurent (Québec)

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