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The Gates of Time: A Conversation with Gary Kulesha

Monday, 10 February 2014 01:47
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Gary Kulesha is one of Canada’s most eminent composers and a conductor admired for his sensitivity to the contemporary repertoire. The Composer Advisor to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1995 he celebrates his 60th birthday this year. On February 21 and 22, 2014, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, led by William Eddins, presents The Gates of Time, an overture commissioned by the CBC that Kulesha wrote in 1991 as Composer-in-Residence with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Raffi Armenian’s 20th anniversary as its Music Director.

In this podcast accompanied by excerpts from the music, Kulesha tells ESO Resident Composer Robert Rival about the work’s theme (how the end of one life event often marks the beginning of another), its fusion of tonal and atonal elements into a hybrid musical language that embraces all of music’s expressive potential, the rewards and challenges of incorporating rhythmically free passages, and the importance of writing music that leaves room for interpretation.

Duration: 14:51 minutes

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