The CMIM is pleased to announce the selection of the Sonata in G (first movement) by Montreal composer Jean Papineau-Couture (1916-2000) as the imposed Canadian work for Violin 2016. Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Music Centre, this charming score for violin and piano will be performed May 27 and 28, at Bourgie Hall, by all twelve violinists who advance to the semifinal round of this year’s competition. The best performance of this piece will receive the André-Bachand award, worth $4,000 CDN.
Papineau-Couture originally composed this three-movement sonata in 1944 in memory of violinist and professor Lucien Sicotte. It was revised in 1953.
2016 marks the centenary of Papineau-Couture—a tireless supporter and promoter of contemporary Canadian music—and the CMIM is proud to honour his legacy this year by showcasing his music to our international audience, and highlight a part of our Canadian musical heritage.