Ainsi le crépuscule (Thus the Dusk) is inspired by my research on Henri Dutilleux’s manipulation of memory in his string quartet, Ainsi la nuit (Thus the Night). Rather than presenting themes to be developed, Dutilleux provides motivic cells to be kaleidoscopically transformed in ways that are at times recognizable by ear, and at times recognizable only to the unconscious mind. This non-linear layering of referential material creates a sense of “auditory déjà vu,” as my teacher calls it. I sought with Ainsi le crépuscule to pay homage to one of my favourite string quartets ever written by borrowing from Dutilleux’s harmonic language, and explore referentiality and memory in my own work. Dawn and dusk are transitionary periods between day and night, and this is crepuscular music: fragments of transitional material evocative of dawn and dusk and referencing musical material that is never heard.
Composer: Veda Hingert-McDonald
Veda Hingert-McDonald (she/her) is a Canadian violinist and composer currently pursuing a master’s at University of Colorado Boulder where she studies with Takács Quartet violinists Harumi Rhodes and Edward Dusinberre. Drawn to story just as much as sound, Veda’s performance of both new and standard repertoire aims to balance personal connection with tradition, and her compositions often draw on narrative and programmatic elements to explore themes of nature and questions she has about the world around her.