Citius, altius, fortius!

Olympic Ouverture

“With its catchy melodies and skillful orchestration, Citius, Altius, Fortius! more than held its own alongside the American symphonic repertoire.”
Steve Bergeron, La Tribune

Citius, Altius, Fortius! Beyond the rivalry, media craze and prestigious medals, the Olympic games epitomize the invigorating adventure of surpassing oneself. The Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) is for me a rousing call of encouragement to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. It is in this very state of mind that I composed the piece, and in which I wish to drive the listener. Short and energetic, the orchestral movement is characterized by rapid, bustling textures (citius), ascending melodic gestures (altius), and powerful, brass chords (fortius). It is dedicated to each of my parents who, in their own way, brought me to go beyond expectations and to surpass myself.

Instrumentation:
– Version for full orchestra: 3*333* / 4331 / 1 timp / 2 perc / harp / celesta (optional) / strings
– Version for reduced orchestra: 2222 / 4331 (3rd trp optional) / 1 timp / 2 perc / strings
– Version for organ
– Short version (30 sec.) for brass quintet (arr. Eric Jones-Cadieux)

Duration: 3 minutes

Commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Bramwell Tovey, as part of the Olympic Commissioning Project.

Premiere: December 6th, 2008, by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and maestro Jean-Marie Zeitouni, at the Orpheum Theatre, in Vancouver.

Discography:
– The orchestral version of Citius, altius, fortius! is featured on the album Les plaisirs coupables of the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke with maestro Stephane Laforest, published in 2017.
– The organ version of Citius, altius, fortius! is featured on the album Jean-Willy Kunz Au grand orgue Pierre-Béique, published at ATMA Classique, in 2017.

Performances of Citius, Altius, Fortius!

2017, July 1 | National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Boris Brott | Bayfront Park, Hamilton, ON, Canada
2017, Nov. 4 | Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire, Dina Gilbert | Rimouski, QC, Canada
2017, June 13 | Edmonton Symphony OrchestraLucas Waldin | Winspear Centre, AB, Canada
2017, May 5 | Edmonton Symphony OrchestraLucas Waldin | Winspear Centre, AB, Canada (educational concert)
2017, May 4 | Edmonton Symphony OrchestraLucas Waldin | Winspear Centre, AB, Canada (educational concert)
2017, May 3 | Edmonton Symphony OrchestraLucas Waldin | Winspear Centre, AB, Canada (educational concert)
2017, May 2 | Edmonton Symphony OrchestraLucas Waldin | Winspear Centre, AB, Canada (educational concert)
2017, May 1 | Edmonton Symphony OrchestraLucas Waldin | Winspear Centre, AB, Canada (educational concert)
2017, Apr. 9 | Victoria Symphony, Tania Miller | Victoria Arena, Victoria, BC, Canada
2017, March 4 | National Arts Centre Orchestra, Alain Trudel | NAC Southam Hall, ON, Canada
2017, Feb. 19 | Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, Stéphane Laforest | Salle Maurice-O’Bready, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

2016, Sept. 11 | Jean-Willy Kunz | Cocathédrale de Longueuil, Longueuil, QC, Canada
2016, Sept. 3 | Jean-Willy Kunz | Cathédrale de Genève, Switzerland
2016, July 31 | Jean-Willy Kunz | Basilique Notre-Dame, Montreal, QC, Canada

2015, Oct. 3 | Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, Stéphane Laforest | Maurice-O’Bready hall, Sherbrooke
2015, Jan. 29 | Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Dina Gilbert | Maison symphonique, Montreal
2015, Jan. 28 | Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Dina Gilbert | Maison symphonique, Montreal
2015, Jan. 27 | Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Dina Gilbert | Maison symphonique, Montreal

2014, Jan. 19 | Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Prior | Winspear Centre, Edmonton

2012, July 1 | National Art Center Orchestra, Tania Miller | Southam Hall, Ottawa (2 concerts)

2010, May 12 | Vancouver Symphony Orchestra | Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver (2 concerts)
2010, May 3 | Vancouver Symphony Orchestra | Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver (2 concerts)
2010, Apr. 29 | Vancouver Symphony Orchestra | Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver (2 concerts)
2010, Apr. 17 | Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Mélanie Léonard | Calgary
2010, Apr. 16 | Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Mélanie Léonard | Calgary
2010, Apr. 11 | Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Mélanie Léonard | Calgary
2010, Jan. 23 | National Arts Center Orchestra, Boris Brott | National Arts Center, Ottawa (2 concerts)

2009, July 4 | National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Geneviève Leclair | Brott Music festival, Hamilton

2008, Aug. 12 | Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Jean-Marie Zeitouni | Centennial Theatre, Vancouver
2008, June 12 | Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Jean-Marie Zeitouni | Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver (premiere)



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