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Colgrass, Michael
Delta, for percussion, violin, clarinet and orchestraComposer: Colgrass, Michael
Performance date: October 16, 1979

Date composed: 1979


Delta is a triple concerto with violin, clarinet and percussion as the three soloists. The image of a delta – the triangular, fan-shaped region where a river separates into many smaller streams as it approaches the mouth - plays a role in the shaping of the music in that three rivers come together in Ottawa (the Ottawa, the Rideau and the Gatineau), the city for whose orchestra Delta was written. In this context, each soloist plays a different variant of the same music. The convergence of styles also serves as a metaphor for the many different kinds of people living in Canada.


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Colgrass, Michael
Letter from MozartComposer: Colgrass, Michael
Performance date: February 21, 1990

Date composed: 1976


There is often a programmatic element to compositions by Michael Colgrass. He expects the listener to take an active role in the musical experience. In the case of Letter from Mozart, he or she is invited to experience how a late-twentieth-century composer filters an imaginary tune by Mozart through the alembic of his modernistic compositional processes. It’s fun, it’s intriguing, it’s the meeting of two great musical minds.


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The Schubert BirdsComposer: Colgrass, Michael
Performance date: January 17, 1990

Date composed: 1990


The early-nineteenth-century composer Franz Schubert and the twentieth-century jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker were kindred spirits in the natural ease with which they infused their music and music-making. Contemporary composer Michael Colgrass united these two immortal souls in one composition that uses a Schubert waltz tune as its point of departure to create a kaleidoscopic fantasy world brimming with fanciful sounds and effects.
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