Katerina Gimon

 

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ELEMENTS: Earth, Air, Fire, Water    by  Katerina Gimon


SATB    $5.50    CP 1498 (the complete set) 
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 12:10

This exciting composition is the first addition to the Vancouver Youth Choir Series.

Elements was composed in 2013 and premiered in March 2014 by Laurier Singers under Lee Willingham. This set of works abstractly depicts the four classical elements and explores the wide range of capabilities of the human voice - from overtone singing, to vocal percussion, to colourful vocal timbres.


This set of works is a 2016 SOCAN Young Composers Competition Winner, 2015 Vancouver Chamber Choir' Young Composers' Competition winner, and a 2014 IAWM Search For New Music winner.




Earth - (Elements - first movement)
SATB    $2.35    CP 1499  
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 5:35

Earth is a beautiful, texturally-driven work depicting the simple yet unexplainable beauty of the earth. The work features harmonic overtone singing by a group of soloists; an accessible introduction to overtone singing in a choral setting. Earth is the first piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements.


earth

calm, constant

study, still, steady

rock, sand, soil, and terrain

earth 




Air - (Elements - second movement)
SATB    $2.25    CP 1500
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 1:10

Air traces the movement from calm breath to thick violent winds. Together singers gradually introduce new sounds and pitches, building an intricate texture with ever-shifting emphasis. The second piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements.


air

wind, breath

free, dynamic, transparent

moving, flowing, changing, and fuelling

air




Fire - (Elements - third movement)
SATB    $2.35    CP 1451
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 1:35

Fire is a fun, lively and energetic work incorporating vocal percussion, body percussion, nasal singing, calls, nonsense syllables, as well as optional percussion. Fire is the third piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements.


fire

heat, light

strength, fuel, drive

burning, melting, evaporating, and transforming

fire 





Water - (Elements - fourth movement)
SATB    $2.35    CP 1501  
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:50

Water presents powerful soaring textures, and lilting melodies that grow and decay like waves in the water. Water is the fourth and final piece the set SATB works called Elements.


water

growth, change

deep, reflective, fluid

flowing, connecting, nourishing, and cleansing

water


 

Katerina Gimon (b. 1993 - Burlington, Ontario) is an award-winning composer, improvisor, and experimental vocalist whose works have been performed and broadcast across North America and Europe. A recipient of a 2016 SOCAN Young Composer award, her works have been performed by ensembles including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Youth Choir, Arcady, Dulciana Choir,  Laurier Singers Chamber Choir, Maureen Forrester Singers, and Memorial University Chamber Choir. She has studied composition under Keith Hamel, Stephen Chatman, Dorothy Chang, Linda Catlin Smith, and Glenn Buhr.  Katerina serves on the board of The Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC).


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