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How it Happened

for narrator and ensemble

Year:  2010   ·  Duration:  15m
Instrumentation:  bass clarinet in Bb, alto flute, percussion,narrator (amplified), piano (nylon fishing line rosined), violin and violoncello

Year:  2010
Duration:  15m
Instrumentation  bass clarinet in Bb, alto f...

Composer:   Juliet Palmer

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Sample Score

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"In the beginning, there was nothing. Just the water." "But where did all the water come from?”

Throughout Thomas King’s novel the character of the trickster Coyote reappears, hopelessly bamboozled, trying to learn what really happened when the world began. Who knows the Real Story? Coyote would like to think he does, but then there's Coyote's Dream - "gets loose and runs around. Makes a lot of noise". Coyote's Dream has his own idea about things: "I'm in charge of the world". By the end of the piece, you'll be wondering where all that water came from...

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Continuum Contemporary Music with funds from the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council

Text note

Text by Thomas King from the 1993 novel "Green Grass, Running Water". Text used with the author's permission

Performance history

21 May 2010: Performed by Continuum Contemporary Music and RH Thomson at The Music Gallery in Toronto