Symphonic Chocolates is the perfect soundtrack for a chocolate tasting: an orchestral suite in four short movements in which each movement evokes a different flavor of chocolate.
- Caramel Chocolate: A long, lyrical melody supported by a rich and enveloping sonority.
- Dark Chocolate: An intense habanera of desire and seduction, spiced up with a dissonant bitterness.
- Mint Chocolate: A delicate freshness with icy cold sonorities.
- Coffee-infused Chocolate: An espresso tempo with a Brazilian flavor.
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Symphonic Chocolates was commissioned by the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, as part of a composer residency, for the 25th anniversary of the Brott Music Festival. The piece is dedicated to Ardyth and Boris Brott to thank them for all the artistic support they have given to the composer.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
A symphony meant to accompany chocolate tasting, a piano concerto as a soundtrack for a chess game, a fishing story mimed by a costumed clarinetist, a cabaret opera based on a comic book, a crowd game for beach ball and orchestra, an 8-bit concerto, a workout for orchestra, a mashup of 35 anthems… With his communicative musical language and the originality of his concepts, the Montreal based composer Maxime Goulet connects with audiences from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences, from youth audiences to savvy music aficionados. His music is written in a contemporary tonal style and has been described as “skillful, immediately pleasant and very cinematographic”, “melodic and narrative”, “a mix of simplicity, of modernity and of humour”, and “an immediate connection with the audience”. His album Symphonic Chocolates has been described as “an off-the-wall idea that makes classical music more festive”.
His works has been performed on five continents by leading ensembles such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera, the Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Régional de Normandie, the National Art Center Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Pacific Opera Victoria, Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, the Endless Mountain Music Festival Orchestra, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, the Oakville Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, the Conway Symphony Orchestra, the Stratford Symphony Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony.