In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin, for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra

In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin, for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra

Versions:

  • Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra (1999)
  • Clarinet (or Viola), Cello and Piano (2004)
  • Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano (2004)

Works

Technical Information

Duration – 7:40

A) In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin, for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra (1999)

B) Clarinet (or Viola), Cello and Piano (2004) (piano part by Chris Meyer and Ronald Royer)

C) Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano (2004)

Program Notes

In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin is based upon and inspired by the Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1 for piano.  In Memoriam serves as a reflection on the life, work and death of Chopin at the age of thirty-nine.  After a short introduction, a meditative section features violin trills and a cadenza for clarinet followed by one for cello.  A more rhythmic and energetic section follows, which is meant to suggest his struggles in life and creativity.  After a climactic section for the string orchestra, a more peaceful section shines through representing the beauty, joy and genius of Chopin’s legacy.

Commissioning

In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin, for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra, Fantaisie-Impromptu, for Flute and String Orchestra, & Nocturne, for Clarinet and String Orchestra  (1999); Polish Canadian Society of Music and Toronto Sinfonietta, commissioners; grants by Laidlaw Foundation and the City of Toronto Millennium Grants Program.

In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin was first recorded for the Romancing Chopin album

Recordings:

In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin was recorded for the iPalpiti Orchestra’s, Live from Walt Disney Concert Hall album

Reviews:

“Conductor Matthew Jaskiewicz conducts the Toronto Sinfonietta in Romancing Chopin, an ambitious album that brings together several exceptional soloists and a pair of Canadian composers in a tribute to Chopin’s continuing legacy. Ronald Royer, composer in residence with the ensemble, contributes three substantial works of his own as well as several arrangements of Chopin’s chamber works…quite a fascinating release.” - WholeNote Magazine, Daniel Foley – Feb 1-Mar.7, 2002 Read More Read More
“Under [guest conductor Michel] Brousseau’s commanding direction both [clarinetist Simon] Cole and [flutist Don] Bond brought to the audience a most amazing tribute to Fryderyk Chopin, composed by Canadian Ronald Royer. With Brousseau evoking the most subtle, sweetest melody, the [Prince George Symphony] orchestra was completely in tune, on time and a new modern treasure was introduced to Prince George audiences.” -The Free Press Read More Read More
The Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano version was recorded by TrioFus