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Trios Concertos

L'Ensemble de la SMCQ
Walter Boudreau, conductor
Julie-Anne Derome, violon | violin
Marc Couroux, piano
Alain Trudel, trombone

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We would be right in asking, “Why concertos?”   Isn't that the bourgeois genre par excellence?   One that, for all intents and purposes, allowed the composer to be eclipsed by the performer (hence spawning a preference for packaging over the actual package.)

Was this reversal of values not the root of lifeless, learned musical displays and empty technical acrobatics for the sole purpose of pleasing the crowd?   For (as in Olympic competitions), faster, louder, and higher (or lower as the case may be …) is always better, especially when accompanied by a few well placed physical contortions and facial expressions sagely betraying some painful melancholy.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! This instrument rules and you must pay it homage and bow to its law.

Hmm ... yes and no.

You see, composers have a love-hate relationship with the instrument: it's (Freudian?) as ambiguous as anything.   Because no instrument means no music, except perhaps in the imagination and then...

Pleasure derives mostly from the senses and composers know this.

They also know that the instrument has the power to bring together, to concentrate and increase energy.   And so it falls to the composer to make the instrument “speak” with sensitivity, intelligence, and passion.

Now if I understand myself correctly, it's a case of “de la musique avant toute chose” (music before everything else).   The upshot:

A hard-edged lyricism struggling against a current of violinistic elasticity (Julie-Anne Derome).

The transcendent America of our assumed urban “cowboyishness”. (Alain Trudel).

The psychedelic qualifies of the fractal geometry of kaleidoscopic textures (Marc Couroux). What a programme!   Listen and get in the groove: this is passionate music if you let it take you away.


1.] Volando (1999)     14:10
Pour violon et grand ensemble / For Violin and Large Ensemble

2.] Inside Passage (1999)     23:05
Pour piano et grand ensemble / For Piano and Large Ensemble

3.] Concerto «Lucky Luke» (1999)     16:20
Pour trombone ténor et grand ensemble / For Tenor Trombone and Large Ensemble

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