100,000 Lakes

Piano Quintet
Composed By T. Patrick Carrabré

generous support provided by the Manitoba Arts Council

Friday June 16th @ 7:30pm
About 100,000 Lakes
Notes By T. Patrick Carrabré

Canada is almost 10 million square kilometres of amazing geography, with a population of just over 36 million. That currently (2017) ranks us 38th by population, behind Poland, Iraq and Uganda. And while Canada, as a modern country, is celebrating its 150th year, humans have called this place home since shortly after the last glacier’s retreated south—about 10,000 years ago. The Wisconsin glaciation lasted almost 75,000 years and covered most of Canada, the Upper Midwestern States and New England. Its meltwater formed Lake Agassiz, with an area larger than all of the current Great Lakes combined. Most of Manitoba was submerged, with Winnipeg at times under 213 meters of water.

As I was writing this piece, I started imagining how the power of that giant sheet of ice, and the floods that followed, impacted the land to produce the beautiful places we call home. Hopefully this music makes a small contribution to the evolution of our human geography, as we produce a Canadian culture that embraces beauty in all its forms. This work is dedicated to Paul Marleyn and the Agassiz Chamber Music Festival in honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary. “A world of chamber music in the heart of Canada” indeed!

The four movements are:

  1. Glacial Expanse

  2. Ice Melt

  3. Flood

  4. Remnants “100,000 Lakes”

About The Composer

T. Patrick Carrabré likes bold flavours. Whether he’s chopping things up in the kitchen or blending unique sounds in his studio, the end result is always tasty. With multiple JUNO nominations, a recommended work at the International Rostrum of Composers, several WCMA nominations and one award (Best Classical Composition), his music has been heard around the world. For well over a decade he worked closely with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, including six seasons as composer-in-residence and co-curator of the orchestra’s wildly successful New Music Festival. Pat has also been Dean of Music and Vice-President (Academic & Research) at Brandon University and served two-seasons as the weekend host of CBC Radio 2’s contemporary music show The Signal.