The celebration of the music of Canadian composer Malcolm Forsyth is given over to three of his most vivid scores, which demonstrate his resourcefulness as a weaver of distinctive orchestral fabrics. With Electra Rising, Malcolm Forsyth fulfilled a long-held ambition – to write a concerto for his daughter, Amanda. Forsyth has been able to say, with aplomb and some pride; “Electra Rising is Amanda. Amanda is Electra Rising – the work fits her like a glove”.
The other concerto united two colleagues of the University of Alberta’s Department of Music – its Composer in Residence Malcolm Forsyth, and saxophone professor and virtuoso William Street.
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Electra Rising: Concerto for Violoncello and Chamber Orchestra
I. Cadenza: With Gossamer Lightness
II. Mayibuye Afrika! Scherzo-like; Strictly Rhythmic
III. Cadenza: Dramatic
IV. Paean: Hymn-like; Radiant
Valley of a Thousand Hills:
III. Village Dance
3 Vie (3 Roads):
I. Presto, Ritmico: Like a Meteor
II. Ommaggio a Messiaen
IV. Allegro Vivace