Chris Meyer: Composer - Orchestrator - Arranger - Pianist

Nanaimo, B.C.


A tone poem inspired by the Bay of Fundy

Fundy is a tone poem for orchestral winds inspired by the dramatic scenery of Canada’s Bay of Fundy. The work begins by evoking the water and waves of the bay. The woodwinds dance up and down the water’s surface while ocean swells build up to a lively and spritely jig that reflects the strong tradition of celtic music in eastern Canada. After a drenching in the rollicking waves of the bay, we begin to notice the majestic cliffs scoured into the sandstone rock of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. At first the theme of the cliffs is relatively quiet and in the distance, but its chorus grows as the waves wash us closer to shore. We can imagine rounding a corner with a musical fanfare announcing our arrival at the fantastic arches of the Hopewell Rocks. Our journey continues past the cliffs to the expansive tidal plains where the vigor of the sea subsides leaving a gentle washing of the waves and a more lyrical, folk-like treatment of the cliff’s theme.

Duration: 6 min.
Instrumentation: 2fl 2ob 2cl 2bn 2hn 1tp 1per 1cb
Composition Date: January 2015

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