By Luna Pearl Woolf | For String Ensemble | 12′

Title: Contact
Composer: Luna Pearl Woolf
Year Composed: 2021
Instrumentation: For String Ensemble (4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1 bass)
Duration: 12′

Format: Full Score
Page Size: 10″x13″
Catalog Number: OM0194

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From the composer:

Swimming just beneath the surface of the St. Lawrence Estuary, a baby beluga whale listens for his mother’s contact call. As he struggles to learn it for himself, her straining voice recedes, overwhelmed by a cacophony of horns and motors. Then, all at once, in the spring of 2020, the human world holds its breath. The waters quieten. The mother whale finds her calf, singing his special song over and over until he learns it by heart. For just this moment, the belugas fill the St Lawrence with their own song.

Contact was inspired by the research of Dr. Valeria Vergara on beluga whale mother-calf contact calls and underwater anthropocene noise.

Commission/Dedication: Commissioned by collectif9.
Premiere: First performed online, December 2021, in the concert-film Vagues et Ombres (waves and shadows) by collectif9, with shadow theatre created by Mere Phantoms.
Recording: This piece is recorded by collectif9 on their JUNO-nominated and CBC Best of 2022 album Vagues et Ombres (Alpha Classics).

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