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Walter's Mixed Bag - Music of Walter Bourdeau

Album Summary

>Boudreau, Walter : Le Recital (after variations on Mozart's "Ah! vous dirai-je maman"), for electronics
>Boudreau, Walter : Les Sept Jours, for percussion ensemble
>Boudreau, Walter : L'Asile de la purete, for electronics
>Boudreau, Walter : La Vie d'un heros (Tombeau de Vivier), for solo violin, strings & percussion
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Notes & Reviews:

Born in 1947, composer and conductor Walter Boudreau has composed some 50 works for various types of ensembles, as well as some 15 film scores and two ballets. He was a student of Bruce Mather, Gilles Tremblay and Serge Garant in Canada and, in Europe, Mauricio Kagel, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gyorgy Ligeti. Since 1988 he has been the Artistic Director of the Ensemble of the SMCQ. Walter's Mixed Bag is a journey through the imagination of one of Canada's most outrageously bold composers. This deeply personal account includes a fiveminute capsule of the history of music (Le Recital), a 15-minute account of the earth's genesis performed by eight percussionists (Les Sept Jours), and excerpts from his incidental music to the play The Refuge of Purity. La Vie d'un heros is an epic tribute to his friend, composer Claude Vivier, whose tragic death in 1983 profoundly affected him. Boudreau was awarded the Opus Prize for Composer of the Year in 1998.



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>Boudreau, Walter : Le Récital (after variations on Mozart's "Ah! vous dirai-je maman"), for electronics
  • Performer: Walter Boudreau (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Boudreau, Walter : Les Sept Jours, for percussion ensemble
  • Conductor: Pierre Beluse
  • Ensemble: McGill Percussion Ensemble
  • Running Time: 13 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Boudreau, Walter : L'Asile de la pureté, for electronics
  • Performer: Walter Boudreau (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Boudreau, Walter : La Vie d'un héros (Tombeau de Vivier), for solo violin, strings & percussion
  • Performer: Olga Ranzenhofer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Walter Boudreau
  • Ensemble: Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999