Hello golden hawks, here is a recap of this weeks episode of the CIA Radio Show The Sound, brought to you by Radio Laurier.
This weeks show featured two Laurier composers, Drew Hewitt and a recent grad, Michael Paolucci. We listened to three of Drew’s pieces, titled Chestnut Irises, The Nest I Used to Know, and Industrial Obama. Drew is a fourth year composition student who plays the guitar and writes beautiful music. Each of Drew’s pieces are inspired by different events that have taken place in his life, as you can hear them throughout his works. Drew writes a large variety of genres, including electronic, piano and vocal pieces, as well as music for chamber ensembles.
Our second composer that was featured on the show was Michael Paolucci. Michael is a recent graduate of WLU, and enjoys composing for film. Michael has composed for a number of student films, and has studied with composers across North America. He is a composer from Innisfil, Ontario, Canada, and enjoys making music because of all of the emotion that’s involved, both in writing, and listening. Whenever he writes a piece or a song, his goal is to make the listener feel something or take something away from the experience. Today we listened to Michael’s grad piece that he wrote for wind orchestra titled “Eulogy for a Cloud”. Eulogy for a Cloud is written in four continuous movements for full wind orchestra. The piece outlines the various cycles that clouds experience before evanescing and returning to another form and begin the cycle again. Each movement embodies a particular type of cloud. The first movement, Cirrus, focuses on the detached and wispy clouds. It is reflected in the piece by its ever shifting and pulsating nature. The second movement, Altocumulus, focuses on the layer of diffuse clouds that act as a sheet over the sky. This is represented by the omnipresent, climbing pulse throughout the movement, and the restriction of only two alternating chords. The third movement, Cumulonimbus, focuses on the creation of an imminent storm cloud. The slowly rising theme is augmented each time it is repeated through the orchestration in the brass, which reflects the growing power of an approaching storm cloud. The fourth and final movement of the piece, Cumulus, focuses on the dense white clouds that are interpreted as different shapes, animals, and objects. This is represented by moments of temporal fluidity and by the familiarity of themes returning. While listening to the piece, imagine watching clouds slowly pass in front of the sun as they become illuminated the by red glow for a brief moment before another cloud takes its place. Even though each passing cloud is only highlighted for a moment, it is within that moment that an experience is created. The brevity of an experience should never dictate its importance. This piece was performed by the Wilfrid Laurier University Wind Orchestra in 2016 and was conducted by Jessica Kun.
WLU Symphony Orchestra
Friday, January 27th at 7pm
NUMUS Presents the MIX Series: Linsey Wellman
January 27, 2017– 8:00pm
The Walper Hotel – Oak Room
20 Queen St. S. Kitchener, ON
Young Composers Showcased
February 2, 2017– 8:00pm
KW Chamber Music Society (The Music Room)
57 Young St. W, Waterloo (near Bridgeport / Albert)
That’s all for now folks, tune in next week to hear some awesome new music!