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QUINTETS with string quartet

The ensemble formed by a clarinet and a string quartet is THE classical chamber music ensemble. The combination of timbre of the clarinet with the string quartet is one of the most beautiful there is, and since the classical period, several of the greatest composers have composed masterpieces for it. Among my favorites : Mozart, Weber, Meyerbeer, Brahms, Reger, Bliss and Feldman.


Recently, composers François Hugues Leclair, and Isabelle Panneton accepted my proposal to write a piece for this ensemble. I hope to present their works at the International Clarinet Association Clarifest2015 in Madrid  in July 2015 and after that in a major Canadian tour.


I would add to this short list my "babies", which I hope will eventually become part of the standard repertoire.

  • Piotrs Grella-Mozejko

… river to the ocean… (1996)

  • Bruce Mather

Quintette (1997)

  • Bengt Hambraeus

Quintette à la mémoire de Max Reger (1998)

  • Tim Brady

Slow dances (1999)

  • Richard Gibson

Suite op 73 (2011)

François Hugues Leclair 

It is with great pleasure that I received the proposal of Jean-Guy Boisvert to write for  him a work for clarinet and string quartet as it is for me one of the finest ensembles of chamber music in which the warmth of these instruments can blend into a beauty both sensual and spiritual ... 


I plan to compose this piece in the continuity of my work on the relationship between early and contemporary music. Although it is here a purely instrumental piece, I plan, as I did in my vocal composition Au regard de mille regrets inspired by a song of Josquin des Prés, to create a spiritual encounter  by revisiting the famous air of Greensleeves, around which this new composition would run in concentric circles. More specifically, the expansion of time interest me particularly: until when can we recognize a melody? 


I also imagine the string quartet alone on the scene at the beginning, magnetically attracting the clarinetist to join him, and, ultimately, the clarinetist leaving the quartett to go backstage finish the work on the melody that dwells within us all ...

Audio excerpt : Messe pour la terre - Interlude 3

Ensemble Kô, Triphaine Legrand, Montreal 2011

Isabelle Panneton 

Composer whose works are performed regularly in Canada and abroad, Isabelle Panneton is a professor of composition at the Faculty de musique de l'Uinversité de Montréal since 1995. She is the actual dean of the Faculty after having served as acting dean during the academic year 2011-2012, and Associate Dean of studies in Design and Technology in 2010-2011. 


After training at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Isabelle Panneton  perfected her craft  in Belgium as well as at IRCAM in Paris. Internationally recognized composer, she is regularly comissioned by various soloists and ensembles with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. 


She wrote, among others, Rebounds (2008), a marimba concerto for Anne-Julie Caron and the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montreal conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She also wrote The Ark (2004), a children's opera on a text novel by Anne Hébert, opera which was created through a collaboration between the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the International Festival Les Coups de théatre (direction Remy Boucher). 


Trio Fibonacci devoted to her a portrait concert entitled Landmarks and flight in May 2011; On this occasion, the trio has created Islands, a trio for violin, cello and piano composed with the support of Canada Council for the Arts. She also worked with the French ensemble Trobairitz on the project Récifs coraliens as part of a festival devoted to women composers and writers. The work was premiered in Marseille and Paris in February 2012. 


Very involved in the Quebec and Canadian music scene, Isabelle Panneton was a member of the Artistic Committee of the Society de musique contemporaine du Québec, the SMCQ,  on the boards of the Canadian Music Centre, the Canadian League of Composers, the Conseil québécois de la musique and on the editorial board of the journal Circuit, musiques contemporaines.

Audio excerpt : Sur ces décombres et floraisons nouvelles

Julie-Anne Derome, violin and Marc Courroux, piano


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