Symphonic Chocolates

“An off-the-wall idea that makes classical music more festive. […] Symphonic Chocolates is pure happiness.”
Patrick Masbourian, Radio-Canada

“An original idea supported by a clever music, immediately pleasant and very cinematographic.”
Christophe Huss, Le Devoir

“The audience enthusiastically participated in both eating and listening and thoroughly enjoyed both, especially the dark chocolate habanera. We were sure we would be hearing many more works by this talented young composer in the years to come.”
Ontario Arts Review

“Symphonic Chocolates should be among the regular repertoire of all orchestras. Maxime Goulet combines appealing textures, rich orchestral colours and and genuine invention in this work which unusually adds the sense of taste to that of sound. It has proved a huge success with musicians and audience.” 
Boris Brott

Symphonic Chocolates is a soundtrack for chocolate tasting. It’s an orchestral suite in four short movements in which each movement evokes a different flavour of chocolate. During the concert, the audience is invited to eat four small chocolates while each movement of corresponding flavour is being played.

I – Caramel Chocolate: A long lyrical melody supported by a rich and enveloping sonority.
II – Dark Chocolate: An intense habanera of desire and seduction, spiced up with a dissonant bitterness.
III – Mint Chocolate: A delicate freshness with icy cold sonorities.
IV – Coffee-infused Chocolate: An espresso tempo with a Brazilian flavour.

Official web site of Symphonic Chocolates: www.symphonicchocolates.com

Instrumentation:
– Version for classical orchestra: 2222 / 2200 / 1 perc (optional) / strings
– Version for chamber orchestra: 1111 / 1000 / 1 perc (optional) / strings
– Version for wind orchestra (arr. Paul Suchan)
– Version for wind quintet *
– Version for string orchestra and piano * (arr. Maxime Goulet & Eric Jones Cadieux)
– Version for string orchestra
– Version for string quintet and piano * (arr. Maxime Goulet & Eric Jones Cadieux)
– Version for string quintet
– Version for string quartet
– Version for two violins and piano ** (arr. Maxime Goulet & Eric Jones Cadieux)
– Version for solo violin and piano * (arr. Maxime Goulet & Eric Jones Cadieux)
– Version for solo flute and piano * (arr. Maxime Goulet & Eric Jones Cadieux)
– Version for solo clarinet and piano * (arr. Maxime Goulet & Eric Jones Cadieux)

* This version includes only the 4th movement, Coffee-infused Chocolate
** This version includes only the 2nd movement, Dark Chocolate

Duration: 12 minutes

Suggested program: Symphonic Chocolates is often performed for Valentines Day and for Mother’s Day

Commissioned by the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and their artistic director Boris Brott, as part of a composer residency, for the 25th anniversary of the Brott Music Festival. The piece is dedicated to Ardyth and Boris Brott to thank them for all the artistic support they have given to the composer.

Premiere: August 2nd, 2012, by the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and the conductor Boris Brott, during the Brott Music Festival, in Hamilton.

Version for String Quartet
Media Coverage of Symphonic Chocolates

Interview with Maxime Goulet about Symphonic Chocolates

Coverage about Symphonic Chocolates concerts in France

Performances of: Symphonic Chocolates


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