Brady, Timothy (1956-)
Tim Brady is a Montreal-based composer, guitarist and producer active in contemporary music for over 25 years. He been commissioned and performed by orchestras, ensembles and soloists across Canada, the USA, Europe and Australia including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Smith Quartet (UK), The Relâche group (Philadelphia, USA), Radio France and Topology (Brisbane, Australia). He has released 12 CDs as a composer and performer since 1988, and recently premiered his first full-length chamber opera The Salome Dancer
, at the 2005 Open Ears Festival.
Hommage à Rosa Luxembourg
(Casino Adagio) (2005)
Something about the images, the structure and the emotional impact of Jean-Paul Riopelle’s Hommage à Rosa Luxembourg attracted me as soon as I saw pictures of it on TV at its unveiling in 1992. When I discovered that this monumental work, named for a murdered German socialist leader, was to be exhibited at a casino (admittedly, a somewhat unlikely place for a 100-meter long painting), I knew I had to go and see it in person.
When I finally saw the work hanging in the lobby at the Casino du Lac-Leamy, the sounds of the Casino became a soundtrack for the painting. Underneath it all I heard a slow, haunting music for string quartet, accompanying the painting and the casino, in my imagination. This work is a realisation of the sounds I heard that morning in the early fall of 2000.
All sounds of the tape part are taken from the sounds of the machinery and the staff at the Casino du Lac-Leamy, sampled, processed and multi-tracked.
Hommage à Rosa Luxembourg was commissioned by the Molinari Quartet with the help of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.