Portraits, for solo instruments

Keenan Reimer-Watts

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The Portrait for Solo Cello is an exploration of the different techniques one can achieve on the cello, such as double-stop harmonics, playing over the fingerboard, over the bridge, simultaneously doing pizz/arco, playing with the wood of the bow, and the like. In this I tried to juxtapose expressive with inexpressive sounds, singing in some parts, and in others trying to create an affect, such as creating the sense of an open space, through use of sound.

The Portrait for Solo Flute consists of an introduction and a scherzo. The introduction is a solitary voice, plaintively singing out - this is followed by a quick and virtuosic scherzo with lots of my favorite chord, the major 7th.

The Portrait for Clarinet explores as much juxtaposition in emotive as I could, rushing at one point and plaintively singing in the next. It sounds to me something like a chase, but with an ominous beginning and end.

The recordings were done with help by Mike Anderson in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall. The portrait for solo cello was made in Friedman hall at the University of Ottawa.

Artists featured are Jaeyoung Chong (cello), Peter Shackleton (clarinet), Amy Hamilton (flute), Chris Kim (violin) and Keenan Reimer-Watts (piano).

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