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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.



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Remembering Malcolm Forsyth
In this series of podcasts recorded on October 27, 2011 while I was the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Composer-in-Residence, I interviewed two distinguished Alberta composers, Allan Gordon Bell and Allan Gilliland, about Forsyth’s life and work.

Remembering Malcolm Forsyth:
Interview with Allan Gordon Bell (Part 1)
In this first of two podcasts, Bell discusses sensuous beauty in Forsyth's music, the freshness of his musical style, the influence of his African heritage, his embrace of indigenous Canadian musics, his dictum "compose for musicians, not instruments", and reports on a very special answering machine message.
Music from Atayoskewin: Suite for Orchestra | Duration: 16:01 mins.

Remembering Malcolm Forsyth:
Interview with Allan Gordon Bell (Part 2)
In this second of two podcasts, Bell describes his first "terrifying" encounter with his teacher, composition lessons and Forsyth's "unshakable belief in the value of a work of art". Bell lists his favourite works and muses about Forsyth's legacy.
Music from Sagittarius (lead-in) & Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra (lead-out) | Duration: 16:10 mins.

Remembering Malcolm Forsyth:
Interview with Allan Gilliland
Gilliland recalls getting dressed down for missing a dress rehearsal, composition lessons in a room housing three JUNOs, Forsyth's immense knowledge of and complete immersion in the orchestra as a player, conductor and composer, and invaluable lessons learned working as Forsyth's copyist.
Music from Electra Rising: Concerto for Violoncello & Chamber Orchestra | Duration: 16:01 mins.