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Malcolm Forsyth Symposium Oct. 17-19/17 in Calgary

Please join us at the University of Calgary for the Symposium on our composer Malcolm Forsyth, Oct 17-19/19. This is open to the public. His daughter Amanda, a world-renown cellist, will be there and will be performing the concerto her father wrote for her, Electra Rising, with the Calgary Philharmonic. Learn about the Symposium by clicking this link  

Malcolm is a 3 time Juno award winner for Best Composition, and was also nominated for that award another 3 times.

Concert Tickets for the Oct 18 or 19 performances at Jack Singer Concert Hall, can be bought through this link Tickets

Rondo in Stride – cello & piano – Forsyth

Rondo in Stride for cello and piano by Malcolm Forsyth, Dur. 6′ just released.
Program Notes by the Composer: The legendary jazz pianist Fats Waller developed a unique style, which became known as “Stride Piano”, in which the left hand made striding leaps of a tenth, as it moved through the harmonic sequence. This, and other cute clichés of classic jazz, such as the string pizzicato with double stops and slides, are parodied in this tongue-in-cheek morsel.
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Voices – solo organ – Eric Robertson

There are not many people who would care to sleep in a church. I don’t mean at sermon-time in warm weather (when the thing has actually been done, once or twice), but in the night, and alone. Who will meet me singly in an old churchyard, before an old church door; and will previously empower me to lock him in, if needful to his satisfaction, until morning? ….(Charles Dickens The Chimes 1845)
This is a fantasy on what that scenario may be like to experience…
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Highlights – 2018 issues – short and quick to read

December 15, 2018 – Just released, our Winter, 2018 issue As usual our newsletters are only 2 pages long. We know you have other demands on your time and you don’t want to read long things…
-Featuring Gustav Mahler‘s series of Retushcen (Retouched) Scores, works from the Classics which made them more suitable to modern concert halls, which include works by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Smetana.
-Anniversaries for Vaughan Williams works
– New publications of chamber works for cello, trombone, trumpet, organ and violin
– Reissued brass chamber works by Malcolm Forsyth
– Dan Locklair’s very popular organ work, Rubrics is 30.
– Counterpoint now has a YouTube Channel to listen and learn about more of our works

Our Summer/Fall issue focused on a number of new publications of chamber works by John Beckwith, Gary Kulesha, Malcolm Forsyth, Donald Steven and Kelly-Marie Murphy.

Highlights – Winter 2017 edition – New publications & New Pieces

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feature articles – Victor Davies  new opera The Ecstasy of Rita Joe

New Publications from Johnny Cowell – Playful Trumpets – brass quintet; Kelly-Marie Murphy – The Lonely  Road – cello and piano; Donald Steven – Pages of Solitary  Delights – medium voice and piano; Bramwell Tovey – Songs from the Paradise Saloon – solo trumpet part for trumpet concerto; Bramwell Tovey – Lincoln Tunnel – solo trombone part for trombone concerto; Malcolm Forsyth – These Cloud Capp’d Towers – solo trombone and piano reduction for trombone concerto; Jacob Plachta – Celebration, wind ensemble version (Young Composers’ Series)

+ Gary Kulesha recent performances and new works;  Jeffrey McCune – Composer and Visual Artist.

George Francis Crum’s Little Minuet & Sad Waltz for solo piano

George Francis Crum was the founding Music Director of the National Ballet of Canada as well as an excellent pianist and composer. Counterpoint has just released our first work by him, Little Minuet & Sad Waltz, for solo piano. The World Premiere, public performance was given by Serouj Kadjian at the Amici Chamber Ensemble concert, November 12, 2017.  It is a delightful small gem. To purchase a copy click here.

Newsletter-Fall, 2017, Choral focus

Click here to enjoy our 2-page Fall, 2017 Highlights newsletter. This one features a number of choral and vocal works just released by Kelly-Marie MurphyThe Darkest Midnight in December; Eric RobertsonVariations on the Sussex Carol, Richard CohenEight Bright Candles, Larysa KuzmenkoChristmas Bells and Dreams, Bramwell ToveyRittenhouse Carol; Victor Togni Alleluia!; Gary Kulesha – Blue Heron Near the Old Mill;

Also featured – Kelly-Marie Murphy’s win of the prestigious Azrieli Foundation composition award to create a double concerto for cello and harp based on a proposal for a new work which expresses an aspect of the Jewish experience with the utmost creativity, artistry and musical excellence. This work will be premiered at a Gala concert on October 15, 2018.

Highlights -Winter, 2016 Newsletter

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We welcome composers Donald Steven, one of only three composers to win a Juno Award for Pages of Solitary Delights – written for Maureen Forrester (listen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0v9brWASfE), and a Jules Leger Prize, for In the Land of Pure Delight (listen at https://soundcloud.com/impartial-music/in-the-land-of-pure-delight) both pieces now published by Counterpoint.

Richard Cohen – long-time member of the Toronto Symphony horn section, and a talented composer.

Serouj Kradjian – Artistic Director of the Amici Ensemble of Toronto, as well as pianist, and composer

Also New works by Victor Davies – new opera A Tale of Two Cities; Larysa Kuzmenko – Golden Harvest; new edition of Pierre MercureKaleidoscope; Eric RobertsonA Carol for Christmas & Crossing Over; Johnny Cowell – Trumpet Concerto & Sangre de Toro Bravo-Blood of the Brave Bull

Our Young Composers’ Series is now launched

Gary Kulesha – Sonata for horn, tuba & piano

Gary Kulesha’s Sonata for horn, tuba and piano is becoming more popular. It is regularly ordered, and more performers around the world are discovering this piece. Find out for yourself by listening to this YouTube clip.
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Summer, 2016 Highlights-newsletter

Our Summer, 2016 edition of our newsletter features articles on Bramwell Tovey‘s latest work, Time Tracks, a suite from his opera The Inventor, just premiered by the New Zealand Symphony; our new composer Larysa Kuzmenko‘s premiere of her new work Golden Harvest, in celebration of the Immigrant Experience, and specifically about the 125th anniversary of the beginning of Ukrainian immigration to Canada. Also featured are Victor Davies’ Tuba Concerto- Concerto for Tubameister, being performed next January by Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, with young up-and-coming Tuba Soloist, Justin Hickmott.
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