Secret of Solstice: Three Interactions

Instrumentation: Accordion, Soprano, Chamber Orchestra (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Bass Trombone, 2 Percussionists, Harp, Piano, Two Violins, Viola, Cello, Contrabass)
Commissioned by: Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT)
Composition date: 2014
Duration: 9:00 min
World Premiere: December 5th, 2014, St. George Anglican Church, Toronto – Michael Bridge, accordion; Zorana Sadiq, soprano; ICOT Orchestra; Maziar Heidari, conductor

Description

This composition was premiered on December 5th, 2014 by the accordionist Michael Bridge and soprano Zorana Sadiq. The three movements were developed out of an initial melodic motif that is present at the beginning of each movement. They act as a counterforce to the rest of the works in texture and harmonic language. The second and fourth, shorter in length, act as transitional gateways between the surrounding movements. All three are centered on the accordion and its conversation with the rest of the orchestra.

Movement Description:

Interaction 1:

This is the first movement of three composed by Pouya that were developed out of an initial melodic motif that is present at the beginning of each movement. They act as a counter force to the rest of the works in texture and harmonic language.

Interaction 2:

This is the second movement of three composed by Pouya. Similar to the first part, it is shorter in length and acts as transitional gateway between the surrounding movements.

Interaction 3:

The last of the three movements composed by Pouya is the longest. It develops the central role of the accordion and its interaction with the rest of the orchestra.