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Odzuni hour
Molinari String Quartet presents String Quartets No 3, 4, 5, 6

Petros Shoujounian - Composer
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.






Noravank
Armenian's Ark of Music. Part 1: The Heritage

Petros Shoujounian - Composer
Fine Art Music Company

Saturday, 4/16/2016, ARMENIA’S ARK OF MUSIC concert at Saint Mark’s Church



Sunday, 4/17/2016, ARMENIA’S ARK OF MUSIC concert at the Ethical Society Building




Dzez (1982)

Percussion, piano
Performers: Rober Leroux, percussion; Luise-Andree Baril, piano




Composer's Note: This work is dedicated to my composition professor Gilles Tremblay’s 50th birthday, which was celebrated in Montreal in 1980. This is a 5-minute, energetic performance by piano and xylophone based on a rhythm of 5 and his favorite note, the F sharp.




Lui pour nous
Le jeu (1986)

Trio for piano, violin and cello
Performers: Dorothy Martirano, violin; Edward Willet, cello; Virginia Mitchell, piano




Composer's Note: This work is composed for violin, cello and piano. Strings are specially tuned, either 1/4 tone up or 1/4 tone down, to give a new color to the music. Imagine a certain note playing and at the same time hearing three different sounds. Another different approach in this work is the use of performers as vocalists. The objective of this work is to play (jeu, jouer) as much as I could with a lot of varieties. Every time you play this work, it will sound different because of its special form and idea.




Arevagale (Rising Sun) (1991)

Trio for alto bassoon, cor French horn



Composer's note: Sunrise represents an unending renewed source of life of all human beings, and unfortunately those who banish it from their inner lives live as shadows, sad and colorless. However, those who greet the rising star with enthusiasm, are nourished by the energy of its light, and are enriched with self-confidence, happiness and freedom.






Artzakh (1994)

Performers: Ensemble d'ondes de Montreal











Kour (1986) String quartet

Performes:
String Quartet of I Musici de Montreal
Rondo form, 4 couplet, 12 tone music with special tuning of instruments, 1/2 tone up and down, lot of sound effects, music experimental.



Composer's Note: I try to describe the beauty of the river Kour that flows between Armenia and Georgia. Kour is a wild and noisy river in the mountains, and has a big influence on communities that live around it. The structure of this music makes you feel immediately the wild and noisy nature of the river. The rhythms are very complex and there are 12-tone series implemented as a theme.




Lui pour nous
Arax String Quartet (1980)

Performes:
String Quartet Morency



Composer's Note: I try to describe the beauty of the river Kour that flows between Armenia and Georgia. Kour is a wild and noisy river in the mountains, and has a big influence on communities that live around it. The structure of this music makes you feel immediately the wild and noisy nature of the river. The rhythms are very complex and there are 12-tone series implemented as a theme.




Lui pour nous
Odzouni (Name of a village) (1987)

Performes:
Jean Laurendeau, ondes Martenot; Michele Gagnon, cor / French born; Alain Trudel, trombone; Robert Ellis, basse trombone basse; Robert Leroux, percussions; Alain Cazes, tuba.




Composer's Note: This peace is based on a song of the 7th century, which evoked in me heightened state of power. It made me recreate this jewel of a folk-melody around a solo instrument.





Sassouni (name of mountain range) (1985)

For two Flutes and Harpsichord
Performers: Robert Lagevin and Lise Daoust flutes; Rejean Poirier, harpsicord



Composer's Note: How small and powerless we feel in presence of immense and inaccessible mountains! Only the shepherds can feel a kinship, as they live most of their lives on their slopes, conversing with them, fearlessly climbing and descending from their peaks, Sassouni in Armenia is a varied chain of Mountains, where each height is either adored by green pastures, dark rocks or eternal glaciers.




Pistes des jours
Mashtotz (1982)

For 2 piano’s
Pierre Jasmin, piano 1; Koyen Lee, piano 2.



Composer's Note: A monk, Mesrop Mashdotz, invented in 405 A.D. an alphabet with 36 characters reproducing the sounds of the Armenian language. An extraordinary invention wich enabled Armenians to take their destiny into their own hands through writing of their unique History and Culture.




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