Beloved of the Sky

Originally written for The Emily Carr String Quartet as part of my composer residency at Salt Spring Island’s ArtSpring, Beloved of the Sky pays tribute to one of Canada’s most iconic painters, Emily Carr. Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky is the title of an enchanting painting by Carr that I first encountered at the Vancouver Art Gallery many years before I started writing this piece. It shows an unusually tall isolated tree, reaching up to a bright spot in the center of the sky.

Programme Notes

Inspired by the iconic Canadian artist, Emily Carr, each movement of this piece either directly pays tribute to one of her paintings, or tries to capture a predominant theme that many of her works share. Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky is the title of what I consider to be one of Emily Carr’s most powerful paintings.

Performance History

August 15, 2014 – Salt Spring Island – Emily Carr String Quartet
March 7, 2016 – Ann Arbor, Michigan – Jack Quartet (workshop)
April 15, 2017 – Ann Arbor, Michigan – Calidore String Quartet (Recording Session)
November 21, 2019 – 7:30pm – Metchosin, BC – Emily Carr String Quartet
November 24, 2019 – 2:30pm – Sidney, BC – Emily Carr String Quartet
November 26, 2019 – 7:30pm –  Victoria, BC – Emily Carr String Quartet
October 24, 2020 – Virtual event – Atlanta, GA – Cantos Y Cuentos

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First two movements only