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The Globe and Mail: Review: Soundstreams goes cerebral, to haunting effect

“The Canadian contemporary music company Soundstreams, known for difficult and cerebral works, has mounted a music and theatre production about the life and ideas of admired Quebecois composer Claude Vivier (1948-1983), whose life was rough and tumultuous and whose music was cold, luminous and haunting. The production, titled Musik Für das Ende (which is the…  Read More

Opera Ramblings: Musik für das Ende

“Claude Vivier’s Musik für das Ende had to wait until 35 years after the composer’s death for its first fully staged performance.  That happened last night at Crow’s Theatre under the auspices of Soundstreams.  It forms the main and concluding part of a really interesting show  directed by Chris Abraham. The first part of the…  Read More

Inside: The Musik für das Ende Score

In the forward to his score Claude Vivier describes Musik für das Ende as “a Ceremony – of the End”, an exploration of the relationships established between individuals at this “final stage of life”. The score for the piece uses unconventional notation to explore this interaction musically. Let’s take a look at this unusual score…  Read More

Electronics in Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele

Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele (“Do you believe in the immortality of the soul?” was Vivier’s final composition before his untimely death – an eerily titled, premonitive work considering the circumstance of his tragic murder. Interestingly, in addition to voices, narration, and percussionists, Vivier also calls for synthesisers and electronics. Composer and sound…  Read More

Ludwig Von Toronto: ZERO IN | Esprit Orchestra And Soundstreams Celebrate 35 Side-by-side With Claude Vivier

From the Article “On the next day, Soundstreams’ Northern Encounter will draw our ears to a different segment of spirituality: a collaboration of identities. Soundstreams’ long history of cultural exchange, especially with the Nordic nations, led to several large-scale circumpolar festivals in the past. And this time, as a composite of four distinctive parties: National Arts…  Read More

“Do you believe in the immortality of the soul?”

One of the most notable influences in Claude Vivier’s music was his lifelong spiritual journey. He was fascinated with life, death, existence, and the afterlife. These ideas permeated his compositions as he struggled to answer his own spiritual concerns through music. At the time he was composing Musik für das Ende (Music for the End)…  Read More

The WholeNote: From Strauss to Vivier with Albery and Abraham

From the Article: “The other major work of music theatre this month in no way fits the traditional operatic mould. It is Musik für das Ende written in 1971 by Claude Vivier (1948-83), now regarded as one of Canada’s greatest composers. The work Vivier described as a “grande cérémonie funèbre” was originally written for 20…  Read More

The Whole Note: Unvanishing: The Musical Life of Claude Vivier

From the Article: “Lawrence Cherney, artistic director of Soundstreams, never knew Vivier personally – but from the moment he first saw his music years ago, he knew that it was something special. “Somehow, I had been given a copy of the manuscript of [Music für das Ende],” he says. “It was literally written in his…  Read More

35 Ways: “The Journey”

  Celebrating Soundstreams 35th season, “35 Ways” is an ongoing series that celebrates how Soundstreams has influenced, shaped or contributed to Canadian Music. In February 2009 Soundstreams broke new ground with the production of Pimooteewin: The Journey. The first opera written and sung in Cree, it featured Japanese kuroko movement and puppetry choreographed by Michael Greyeyes, libretto by…  Read More

Four Things You Need to Know About Claude Vivier

Written by: Katerina Gimon Montreal-born composer, Claude Vivier was not your typical Western classical composer. He lived a short, intense, and passionate life driven by his yearning for new experience and his search for his own identity. Vivier’s music was unique and unapologetic – and he had a personality to match. Below are four things…  Read More

Musik für das Ende Cast – Page 2

Margaret Bárdos, mezzo-soprano Hungarian-born mezzo Bó (Margaret) Bárdos is based in Southern Ontario and loves touring. At home with classical as well as new, experimental music, she seeks out creative challenges and cherishes working with good hearted people. With a voice described by Opera Canada as “mellow, fruity, that caresses the ears”, Canadian and European appearances include…  Read More

Announcing the Cast of Musik für das Ende

  Soundstreams is delighted to announce the cast for the world premiere of the first fully staged production of Musik für das Ende written by legendary Québécois composer Claude Vivier. Ten of Canada’s most talented singers and one actor are improvising, exchanging and collaborating under the guidance of director Chris Abraham and music director John Hess…  Read More

Musik für das Ende Cast – Page 3

Keith Lam, baritone Hong Kong-born, Toronto-based baritone Keith Lam recently finished a tour across Ontario with Bicycle Opera Project performing the role of the Boss in the new a capella opera SWEAT written by Juliet Palmer and Anna Chatterton. He also participated in Summerworks’ Open Studio performing an excerpt from Njo Kong Kie’s new opera The…  Read More

CBC Music: 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, 2017 edition

From the article: “In May, Adanya Dunn was “a properly flirty Musetta, looking fabulous and acting up a storm” in Against the Grain Theatre’s revival of its English-language adaptation of Puccini’s La bohème. “The kind of familial support, fun, and freedom we experienced over three-and-a-half weeks made us feel as though we had all been…  Read More

MIDI Samples and Contemporary Music

Andrew Staniland is our 2017 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence! During his time in this role, he will be  posting monthly about his experiences in the classroom and as a composer. This month Andrew shares his experiences with the MIDI program, and the frequent requests to provide mock ups of new work in the format….  Read More