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Celebrating Canadian Women!

by Laurel Swinden & Stephanie Mara

Contemporary Classical Flute and Piano Music
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Laurin: Sonate Pour Flute Et Piano, Op. 29 (feat. Laurel Swinden & Stephanie Mara)
Rachel Laurin
12:03 album only
2. Coulthard: Music on a Quiet Song (feat. Laurel Swinden & Stephanie Mara)
Jean Coulthard
14:11 album only
3. Rickard: Rarescale (feat. Laurel Swinden & Stephanie Mara)
Sylvia Rickard
5:36 album only
4. Schmidt: Sonata I: Allegro (feat. Laurel Swinden & Stephanie Mara)
Heather Schmidt
5:03 album only
5. Schmidt: Sonata II:Lento E Mesto (feat. Laurel Swinden & Stephanie Mara)
Heather Schmidt
9:09 album only
6. Schmidt: Sonata III:Allegro Energico (feat. Laurel Swinden & Stephanie Mara)
Heather Schmidt
7:11 album only
7. Pettigrew: Echoes on Deception Lake (feat. Laurel Swinden & Stephanie Mara)
Laura Pettigrew
5:10 album only
8. Doolittle: Music for Magpies: Pied Butcherbird (feat. Laurel Swinden)
Emily Doolittle
1:53 album only
9. Doolittle: Music for Magpies: Hoopoe Lark
Emily Doolittle
2:49 album only
10. Doolittle: Music for Magpies: Ringed River Snike (feat. Laurel Swinden)
Emily Doolittle
0:46 album only
11. Doolittle: Music for Magpies: Pileated Pocket Grouse (feat. Laurel Swinden)
Emily Doolittle
0:49 album only
12. Ho: Suite I:Prelude (feat. Laurel Swinden & Stephanie Mara)
Alice Ping Yee Ho
2:27 album only
13. Ho: Suite II:Scherzo (feat. Laurel Swinden & Stephanie Mara)
Alice Ping Yee Ho
1:49 album only
14. Ho: Suite III: Nocturno (feat. Laurel Swinden & Stephanie Mara)
Alice Ping Yee Ho
2:40 album only
15. Ho: Suite IV: Impromptu (feat. Laurel Swinden & Stephanie Mara)
Alice Ping Yee Ho
3:23 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The Celebrating Women! Project aims to bring attention to underrepresented works in the flute literature by women composers and to promote new commissions. CCW! is the second of a multi-cd research and recording project by Laurel Swinden. For more about the project, visit www.laurelswinden.com/celebrating women.

This CD is dedicated to the many amazing Canadian Women in the arts. Our country is so fortunate to have you among our citizens. Please continue to share your creativity and we'll do our best to promote you!

About the Repertoire and Composers…
Quebec born composer and organist Rachel Laurin (1961–) has composed more than a hundred works for various solo instruments, voice, chamber ensembles, orchestra and choir. She has been a Distinguished Guest Artist at Yale University and has given recitals, workshops and masterclasses at universities across Canada and the United States. www.rachellaurin.com
The Sonate pour flute et piano, Op. 29 was commissioned and premiered by Swiss-Canadian flutist Michel Bellavance. The work reflects Laurin’s blend of highly Romantic writing with elements of Impressionism. The work revolves around two musical ideas, one rhythmic, the other melodic, developed in several sections presented in a through-composed format, including a fugue exposition and a flute cadenza.

Jean Coulthard (1908-2000) studied composition with Ralph Vaughan Williams and Bernard Wagenaar. She taught theory and composition at the University of British Columbia from 1947 for 26 years, holding her own in a male-dominated university. Over a seven decade long career, she composed in every genre of classical concert music.
Music on a Quiet Song was originally composed for flute with string orchestra. One of Coulthard’s earlier compositions, the work presents a quiet, haunting and lyrical theme with six variations. This version for flute and piano was created by Stephanie Mara specifically for this recording project.

Sylvia Rickard (1937–)studied composition with Jean Coulthard. Her works have been broadcast on CBC and performed around the world. She was the first resident composer of the Casalmaggiore International Chamber Music Festival in Italy, where her works continue to be performed. www.sylviarickard.ca
Rarescale is based loosely on an ascending Middle Eastern scale and a descending minor mode. The two “rare” linear scales combined form a chromatic scale. The work also exists in versions for alto flute and piano and alto flute/flute and harp. (Avondale Press)

A virtuoso pianist as well as an accomplished composer, Heather Schmidt (1975–) was, at age 21, the youngest student to receive a doctorate from Juilliard. She divides her time between Toronto and L.A. Heather’s commissions and guest residencies span the globe and she also composes for television and film, including recent compositions for BRAVO channel. http://heatherschmidt.com
The Sonata for flute and piano was commissioned by Michelle Cheramy with assistance from the Canada Council. The work was premiered by Michelle Cheramy, flute and Heather Schmidt at the piano.

Laura Pettigrew (1954–) (SK) is an internationally published composer with a rich output of award-winning compositions. A true romantic, her works feature lush melodies, and rich harmonies. More about Laura Pettigrew at: Laurapettigrew.com
Echoes on Deception Lake
In northern Saskatchewan exist the most beautiful and serene lakes one could imagine. Nature with all its majesty opens her arms and engulfs every living being. Deception Lake is one such body of water in the remote north accessible only by air. I wrote this work to depict the serenity of the area, one untouched by man’s hand. Close your eyes and you’ll hear the wind as it whispers through the trees and the waters lap upon the shore, echoing stories of the past. (Program notes, CMC.)

Emily Doolittle’s music has been described as “eloquent and effective” (The WholeNote), “masterful” (Musical Toronto), and “the piece…that grabbed me by the heart.” Doolittle has been commissioned by Orchestre Métropolitain, Tafelmusik, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Paragon Ensemble, and Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, and supported by the Sorel Organization, the Hinrichsen Foundation, Opera America, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Fulbright Foundation.. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Doolittle was educated at Dalhousie University, Indiana University, the Koninklijk Conservatorium in the Hague, and Princeton University, and now lives in Glasgow, Scotland, where she is an Athenaeum Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. http://emilydoolittle.com
Music for Magpies is a collection of real and imaginary bird songs. The real bird sings are transcribed from Jean C. Roche’s Les grandes virtuoses: Les plus beaux chants d’oiseaux. Originally for viola da gamba with quarter tone frets, the composer transcribed for flute or violin solo. (Notes from the composer.)

Alice Ping Yee Ho (1960–) (ON) is a composer acclaimed for her “distinctly individual” style and “organic flow of imagination.” Her works span a wide range of genres and have received numerous national and international awards. Inspiration comes from an eclectic palette, including Chinese and Japanese idioms, African drumming and jazz. www.alicepingyeeho.com.
The Suite for Flute and Piano’s four movements are characterized by fluctuating temperament, contrasting colours and dynamics. The language of the Suite is free and expressive with the emphasis on intervals of the sixth, seventh and second. The first and last movement are energetic and both contain a short cadenza for the flute. One of the contrasting middle movements has a rhapsodic character, while the other is a “little night music.” The work is intended as a showpiece for both flutist and pianist to explore their virtuosity and musicality. (Notes from the composer.)

To our colleagues, friends and family have supported this CD. There are too many of you to name individually. To each and every one of you, please accept our deepest thanks for your encouragement along the way; your support is truly appreciated.
Thanks to Earl for your hard work.
To Dave and Kevin who endured our rehearsals and practicing, thank you for your patience!



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