Gold Leaf

for chamber orchestra

Linda Catlin Smith

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Composer Linda Catlin Smith
Year of Composition 2010
Duration ca.15'
Forces fl, ob, cl, bcl, bsn, hn, tpt, tbn, perc, pf, strings (
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Catalogue ID ce-lcs1gl1


In this work, I was exploring a variety of sound colours one can find in the rich combination of instruments of the chamber orchestra. The work seemed to me like a painting, where some parts of it are thickly layered with colour, other parts are thin and almost transparent. The percussion adds a shimmer here and there, like applying a bit of gold leaf to the surface. I was also thinking of this as a metaphor for harmonic colour, adding in pitches to harmonies and changing the lightness or darkness of the harmonic palette. I finished the work at the end of August, when the first leaves started to turn gold. The piece was commissioned by the Glenn Gould School’s New Music Ensemble, directed by Brian Current, through the generosity of the Ontario Arts Council.

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