Piano, Harp, Percussion (marimba, crotales, sus. cymbal, tam tam); 8 minutes

In the summer of 2003, I was asked to write a piece for the Discovery Series during the Festival of the Sound. The format was interesting: a total of three composers brought new works, written for the resident ensemble. For one week, the performers and the composers would live together and workshop the compositions daily. It was a great opportunity for the composers to get valuable feed-back from the performers - and we would have time to make changes before the concert at the end of the week. The result was a excellent exchange of ideas which was a great learning experience.

Parry Sound is located on Georgian Bay - a place a beauty and serenity. Departure reflects the idea of leaving the busy city for this place, where one can spend an afternoon staring out at the lake. There are many pauses - moments of reflection - as there is no need to do anything, but sit and peacefully observe.

Premiered August 1st, 2003 at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the 2003 Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, Ontario.

Stephen Clark, piano
Sanya Eng, harp
Ryan Scott, percussion

Gary Kulesha, conductor
Recorded excerpts