The Pines of Emily Carr

The Pines of Emily Carr
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  • AvP Number : 207
  • Composer : Jean Coulthard
  • Composer Dates : 1908 – 2000
  • Canadian : Yes
  • Instrumentation : narrator, alto voice, string quartet, piano and timpani
  • Format : score and eight parts
  • Difficulty : Moderately difficult
  • Duration : 24:00
  • Pages (print) : 176
  • Pages (download) : 175

The libretto, by Dorothy Davies, for The Pines of Emily Carr is fashioned entirely of excerpts from Canadian painter Emily Carr’s diaries, using texts that speak of the coast, the forests, and indirectly of the peoples of the region. The score evokes the moods of the British Columbia coastal landscape and offers a meditation on an artist’s life. Jean Coulthard hoped to achieve in music what Carr had done in painting.