Louie, Alexina (1949-)
A Vancouver native, Alexina Louie has composed for all the major new music ensembles in the country and has won numerous prizes including a Juno for the best classical work in 1988. Her great ability to integrate music from her oriental background to that of occidental music gives to her works a large variety of colours and textures.
Olga Ranzenhofer and Jean Portugais
This brief and dramatic one movement work condenses a wide range of emotions into its compact form. From its quiet, skittish opening, the quartet passes through an agitated repeated note section which condenses from the outer limits of the instruments to the mid-range F and Gb. Immediately spinning out from this point, the section evolved into rocket-like rising figures throughout the ensemble before settling into a monologue for the cello. In writing this work I was pulled inexorably through this solo section to its rather hyper-romantic climatic point where all instruments have rejoined the cello. Although not at all an intentional decision, this emotionally intense portion of the piece alludes to the music of Mahler. This section of the quartet is the turning point , and from here to the end of the piece there are suggestions of musical elements from the beginning of the work.
Quartet n° 2 (2009)