August 1, 2016
The collection is complete! The CSQ has just received and premiered the final work by composer Emilie LeBel from their project Celebrating Canadian Women in Music. Ms. LeBel talks about her inspiration for this work, titled Taxonomy of Paper Wings:
“Over the past year I have been occupied with the poetry of Emily Dickinson in concurrence to my composition work. In the book Gorgeous Nothings, Emily Dickinson’s late writings are explored over a selection of 52 envelopes containing Dickinson’s handwritten poems. I am captivated by how the poet uses the envelope’s space and sections to organize and structure her work. This composition is based on catalogue A821, a poem composed by Dickinson in the early spring of 1885. Taxonomy of Paper Wings refers to the construction of the poem, made of a collage of two sections on an envelope, resembling the hinged wings of a bird.”
The work was premiered at the Ottawa Chamberfest this past July. All four of the works will be performed by the CSQ, both in Canada and abroad, throughout 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. Happy birthday Canada!
Here is a list of the four works:
Contact the CSQ for more information about this project.
A big thanks to our project partners!