ORCHESTRA WITH SOLOIST
SOLO CELLO, 2*2*2*2 4*3*3*1 Timpani (4 drums), 2 Perc, Piano, Strings [Percussion Requirements: perc. 1: 4 suspended, cymbals (Low, Med. Low, Med., Med.High), crotales (A), brass wind chimes, multiple triangles (varying sizes), suspended, bass drum, med
Duration: ca. 10 minutes
Programme Note: This is the Colour of My Dreams was commissioned by the CBC for Shauna Rolston, and was written between January 4 and June 4 of 1997. It is a single-movement concerto in four sections and lasts under 10 minutes. The title comes from a surrealist painting by Joàn Miro called Photo: Ceci est la couleur de mes rêves. The painting is stunning in its simplicity and directness. It consists of a single blue smudge, with the words of the title written in a calligraphic style beneath it. It seems to me to pose this question: If you could take a snap shot of Miro’s dream, would it develop as the isolated blue point?
This led me to think about our habit as a society of dreaming, wishing, hoping, striving to fulfill a goal that may, to others
Premiere: First performance by Shauna Rolston and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto, November 5, 1997
Recording(s): Recorded by Shauna Rolston and the CBC Radio Orchestra, Mario Bernardi, conductor.