Mirage Video Online

“My intent in this composition is to explore the shifting and illusionary world of the dream state. Mirage begins with a slow meditative introduction representing the act of falling asleep. A solo viola cadenza follows, starting a sequence of musical episodes, each emphasizing different emotions and parts of a dream. As the ensemble enters, the music takes on a melancholy air with occasional mysterious interludes. In the next section, the music speeds up and takes on a restless and more intense character employing a bluesy and jazz-infused theme. The music moves into a more flowing and serene section before leading into a faster and more agitated section representing the dream taking a more troubled direction. Leading to an unsettling climax, the music abruptly stops leaving silence. The original meditative music returns as the dreamer starts to awake entering that in-between world of wondering if the dream was real or not.”

Ronald Royer, composer; Joyce Lai, violin / Máté Szücs, viola / Andras Weber, cello / Kaye Royer, clarinet / Talisa Blackman, piano. An SPO/Canadian Sinfonietta co-production.

Night Music: Echoes of Film Noir

Ronald Royer, composer | Alexander Panizza, piano

Notes from the Composer: Night Music for piano (2021) was created during the Covid-19 pandemic. Feeling nostalgic, I was drawn to night themes and music from the past. The composition is in the form of a piano sonata, but each of the four movements also functions as an independent character piece. Night Music was written for and dedicated to the wonderful Argentinian/Canadian pianist Alexander Panizza. Due to Toronto’s restrictions concerning live concerts, it was composed to be premiered on the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s YouTube channel. Echoes of Film Noir was inspired by the dramatic, gripping, and multi-layered music commonly found in this genre. Film noir was commonly set in dark locations and shot in black and white. In creating music for my fantasy nighttime crime drama, I used a traditional sonata allegro form for the structure. The movement starts with a first theme representing a hardboiled detective, followed by a second theme representing a “femme fatale”. The rest of the movement allows for the music (and the story) to develop, build to a climax, and come to a conclusion. I invite listeners to create their own stories.

 Audio recording and video by Alexander Panizza This video was sponsored by the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and was made possible in part by support from the Toronto Arts Council, and the SOCAN Foundation.

Websites:

https://www.spo.ca https://alexanderpanizza.com/ https://ronaldroyer.com/

Audio recording copyright 2021 Alexander Panizza and Ronald Royer Video copyright 2021 Alexander Panizza Music copyright 2021 Ronald Royer —

 

Scarborough Symphony Orchestra 2020-21 Season

As the music director, Ronald Royer has been keeping busy with the SPO’s season, which is focusing on online content. On Friday, September 18, 2020, the SPOGreatMusic Podcast was launched. On Friday, October 9, the first installment of videos of chamber music and Sheridan College student animated shorts was posted on the SPO YouTube Channel. Besides famous classical works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Dvorak, Ravel, and more, the SPO will be presenting music by 31 Canadian composers, with several of these being represented by more than one composition. The goal is to create a mixture of familiar masterpieces with a group of new, engaging and enjoyable Canadian compositions. Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 outbreak, Mr. Royer is thrilled the SPO can still present a season of musical content.

Mr. Royer will be performing in several of the videos as a cellist, including a video with pianist Lisa Tahara of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 69. As a composer, Mr. Royer wrote the music for Vladimir Moltov’s animated short, Ramon the Magnificent. His String Quartet No. 1 and Danzon Overture will be recorded by the Odin String Quartet. Mr. Royer is also composing a group of Preludes for pianist Alexander Panizza and a work for solo violin, inspired by J.S. Bach, for SPO concertmaster Corey Gemmell. Finally, Mr. Royer is serving as the producer of the SPO podcast series and will be interviewed on a few episodes as a  guest. For more information, please visit the SPO website (https://www.spo.ca/).