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book on music, gesture & rhetoric
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.


Fantasy on a Theme of Schubert

Instrumentation: violin, piano
Duration: 5:00
Year Composed: 2008
Alternate Title: Schubert Fantasy

Winner of the 2018 Leopold Auer International Composers Competition, sponsored by the Leopold Auer Society.

Included in the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects Contemporary Showcase Syllabus.

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Complete Videos

Fantasy on a Theme of Schubert
[starts at 1:44:54]

Vasilisa Khaddad, violin

St. Petersburg, Russia
October 7, 2018
Irene Huang, violin
Glenn Huang, piano

recorded Aug. 23, 2020

Program Notes

What attracted me to "Die liebe Farbe" (The Beloved Colour) from the song cycle Die schöne Müllerin (The Beautiful Miller Girl) is its haunting melody and the simplicity of its stark contrapuntal lines. I was also intrigued by the F-sharp pedal that pulses without let-up for the song's entire duration. The song's text, on the other hand, was of little consequence to me in this context. The Fantasy opens with the theme, in its original key, high up in eerie violin harmonics, shadowed in loose canon by the piano. The first episode gradually departs from the theme, initiating a process over the course of which the theme is further distorted at each recurrence—intervalically, rhythmically and especially harmonically—culminating in a lyrical outpouring, underscored by a G-pedal, with splashy diatonic cluster chords in the piano. But a sombre mood returns and the music drifts off into the stratosphere of register.


  • Oct 30, 2022—Nicholas Ross (vn), Donna Falconer (pno).
    The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre (Qualicum Beach, BC)
  • Oct 7, 2018—Vasilisa Khaddad (vn), International Leopold Auer Violin & String Quartet Competition, Jaani Kirik (St. John's Church), St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Oct 3, 2018—12 performances during 2nd round of International Leopold Auer Violin & String Quartet Competition (mandatory piece, senior group)
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Oct 2, 2018—Claudia Schaer, Helen Lin
    National Opera Center, New York, NY
  • Oct 7, 2017— Tiffany Yeung (vn)
    Vancouver International Music Competition, Gessler Hall, UBC School of Music
  • Mar 13, 2016—Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak, Michel Szczesniak
    Queen's Faculty Artists Series, The Isabel, Kingston, ON
  • Nov 2, 2013—Leslie Ting, Sarah Hagen
    Gallery 345, Toronto
  • Nov 1, 2013—Leslie Ting, Sarah Hagen
    Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society
  • May 25, 2013—David Lakirovich, Marc Widner
    St. Paul's L'Amoreaux Anglican Church, Toronto
  • Mar 31, 2009—Lynn Kuo, Marianna Humetska
    COC Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Toronto
  • Nov 22, 2008—Alain Bouvier, Michael Esch
    Robert Rival Doctoral Recital, U of T
  • Aug 5, 2008—Donnie Deacon, Frédéric Lacroix
    Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival


Score Perusal & Parts Rental

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