“The most original part of the concert was the premiere of Maxime Goulet’s composition. […] Goulet has once again demonstrated that he had no fear of the melody, or musical narrative. As icing on the cake, clarinetist Kornel Wolak was actor in a cleverly scripted piece.”
– Christophe Huss, Journal Le Devoir
“Goulet’s music is very listenable and narrative driven with this piece a story about the young boy who is befriended by Hemingway’s ‘Old Man and the Sea’ and what happens to him next.”
– Ontario Arts Review
Fishing Story is a concerto for solo clarinet and string orchestra staged as a instrumental theatre. The piece is inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s American novel The Old Man and the Sea. Rather than a precise setting of the novel itself, it was created as a free-form sequel to the story, exploring what happens next to the kid who accompanied the old man. Discover the young man and the sea!
– Version for clarinet solo and string orchestra
– Version for clarinet solo, string quartet and bass and/or piano
Duration: 11 minutes
Dedicated to the friend and clarinetist Kornel Wolak.
2016, June 26 | Lomza Chamber Orchestra, Jan Milosz Zarzycki and Kornel Wolak | Diocesan Museum, Lomza, Poland
2016, May 14 | Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and Kornel Wolak | Toronto, ON, Canada
2014, Oct. 30 | Loja Symphony Orchestra and Kornel Wolak | Loja, Ecuador
2014, Aug. 10 | National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Boris Brott and Kornel Wolak | Brott Music festival, Ancaster
2014, Feb. 25 | McGill Chamber Orchestra, Boris Brott and Kornel Wolak | Bourgie Hall, Montreal (premiere)