Fishing Story

“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

Suggested program:
– Beethoven: Symphony #6, “Pastorale”
– Copland: Appalachian Spring + An Outdoor Overture + Billy the Kid
– Debussy: The Sea + Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
– Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
– Respighi: Pines of Rome
– Dvorak: Nature’s Realm
– Ravel: Boat on the Ocean
– Sibelius: Symphony #5

Commissioned by the McGill Chamber Orchestra, and their artistic director Boris Brott, as part of a composer residency.

Dedicated to the friend and clarinetist Kornel Wolak.

Premiere: February 25th, 2014, by Kornel Wolak, the McGill Chamber Orchestra and the conductor Boris Brott, at the Bourgie Hall, in Montréal.

Performances of Fishing Story

2021, Jan. 24 [postponed]Orchestre ColonneLaëtitia Trouvé, Michel Bernier | Salle Colonne, Paris, France

2019, June 8 | Orchestre Renaissance de Longueuil, Claudine Gamache, David Perault | Église Sacré-Coeur, Longueuil, QC, Canada
2019, May 11 | Kamloops Symphony OrchestraDina Gilbert, Sally Arai | Sagebrush Theatre, Kamloops, BC, Canada

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)