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)
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.
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.