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book on music, gesture & rhetoric
six pieces for piano in memoriam Peter Longworth
Traces of a Silent Landscape
Sonata "Muskoka"
Global tapestry - Ananta duo
Sonata "Muskoka" for clarinet & piano (Lake movement). Ananta Duo: "Global Tapestry" (2018). Purchase. Spotify.

Windermere String Quartet: Inner Landscapes
Traces of a Silent Landscape. Windermere String Quartet: "Inner Landscapes" (2016). Purchase. iTunes. Spotify. Naxos Music Library.


Lullaby. Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: "A Concert for New York" (2013). 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards nominee for Classical Recording of the Year. Purchase.
"...gentle textures and flowing themes occasionally yield surprising harmonic turns and briskly changing meters."
     —Allan Kozinn, New York Times, on Lullaby
"...a work of quiet rapture and refined sensibility...elegant concision..."
     —Jack Sullivan, American Record Guide, on Lullaby
"...a beautifully crafted work that will appeal to those who enjoy musical construction as much as it will to those who want their ears to be charmed."
     —Mark Morris, Edmonton Scene, on Sunshine Variations
"atmospheric dream world" (Birmingham News), "subtle and poignant" (What's On in London), "engaging" (Globe and Mail), "spectaculaire" (Le Devoir), "positive, upfront writing" (Montreal Gazette), "clever and evocative" (Ottawa Citizen), "rhythmically rich" (Edmonton Journal), "sophisticated" (Ottawa Citizen), "paints moods" (Edmonton Journal), "an unequivocal hit" (Vancouver Sun), "immediately appealing" (Ottawa Citizen), "brisk and bounding" (Toronto Star), "well crafted" (Ottawa Citizen) [reviews]
Robert Rival and Robert Franz JAN 2024—Robert Franz and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra gave two riveting performances of my Symphony No. 2 "Water" on Jan 27 & 28, the first since the premiere by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra a decade ago. It was a privilege to revisit this work inspired by the ocean and rainforest at Tofino, BC, and Helmcken Falls in the BC interior. I had a blast with the musicians, staff, and audience. As Franz quipped, "What's better than one Robert? Two Roberts!" Watch Robert F interview Robert R.
Semitragic Waltz SEP 2023—Stay tuned for the premiere performance and recording of Semitragic Waltz for two violins and viola, commissioned by Fabiola Amorim, Frank Ho and Vladimir Rufino with the support of the Edmonton Arts Council. Why "semitragic"? Because it's an off-kilter waltz, only half sober, that barrels along doggedly in the face of pervasive disequilibrium. It's also the first score I engraved using Steinberg's newish notation software, Dorico.
Rival and Djokic - photo by Annette B. Woloshen APR 2023—A review of Marc Djokic's Quebec premiere of my Violin Concerto:
"Cette musique résolument moderne nous amène sur des terres totalement inconnues [...] Les couleurs sont fortes, éclectiques, surprenantes, rompant définitivement avec la musique classique des siècles précédents. La musique moderne a réellement trouvé sa voie, autonome, riche et plurielle." —Luce Langis
View photos by Annette B. Woloshen & watch excerpts from last year's world premiere.
jellyfish MAR 2023—The premiere by the Gryphon Trio of Nature Rhythms I at Music Toronto, part of the trio's 30th anniversary celebration, was recorded by CBC Radio. Stay tuned for the broadcast date! This work for piano trio was inspired by the empirical study of semi-periodic rhythms occurring in nature: jellyfish, swaying branches, drifting clouds, falling raindrops.
Date Location Work Details
Jan 27
& 28
Windsor, ON Symphony No. 2 "Water" Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Robert Franz, conductor. The Capitol Theatre.
Mar 19 Edmonton, AB Semitragic Waltz
(world premiere)
Frank Ho & Vladimir Rufino (violins), Fabiola Amorim (viola). Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
May 17 Ottawa, ON Violin Concerto Marc Djokic, solist. Thirteen Strings. Kevin Mallon, conductor. Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.