Clermont Pépin, Symphonie No. 2

Clermont Pépin (1926-2006) studied composition in Philadelphia, Toronto, and, because of a Canada Council Grant, in Paris. Symphonie No. 2, like much of his other work uses modern musical language such as complex rhythms and atonal material, within traditional forms. Like the symphonies of the late 1700’s, Pépin’s composition shares the characteristics of three movements and fast-slow-fast tempo. The three-movements make use of different Baroque forms. The opening movement, Toccata, has running, virtuosic passages. The second movement, Chorale, is a slow-moving harmonization of a tonal shifting hymn-like them. The final movement is an atonal fugue with a shifting melodic theme. Each structure provides Pépin with a container to explore his shifting harmonic and complex rhythmic language.
Doug Friesen, Dr. Elaine Keillor and Alison Kenny-Gardhouse

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