Episode 22: Small Meadows in Spring

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Episode 22: Small Meadows in Spring

Apr 7, 7pm

Small Meadows in Spring (2019)

Anna Höstman (CA), composer

Wesley Shen, harpsichord


Programme Notes:

Small Meadows in Spring is based on an 1881 painting of the same title by Alfred Sisley, created after the painter moved from Paris to Veneux-Nadon, on the outskirts of Moret-sur-Loing. The painting depicts a pathway winding along the river. I composed the piece after returning to Victoria on the west coast of Canada after living in Toronto for nine years.

This composition was commissioned by Wesley with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. It was premiered in The Hague in May 2019 and received Honorable Mention in the Prix Annelie de Man composition competition. – Anna Höstman

Episode 22: Small Meadows in Spring

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