Urban Adagio

Georges Forget

Urban Adagio has been performed in Bremen, Brussels and Montréal…

“Some cities are said to never sleep. But he who truly loves the night will not be satisfied by such waking substitutes, such travesties of illuminated parties, begged or stolen from Time now so old its hours cannot be counted.

My own city is very tired when evening comes, weary of the uproar and hubbub. I can see her struggling to accompany citizens to their final occupations. Here she is, streets and boroughs blinking as she yawns and stretches out at the bottom of streets that are emptying slowly.

The night falls and I decide to go out. I go deeper, softly, and I welcome the self-abnegation and trust of a friend who dozes off at my side, her heart at peace. My city falls asleep; she quietly lets erode away the forlorn destinies of the handful of souls still up to contemplate her, their shadows fading away under the pale light cast by the lampposts.

I stay with her like that for hours at a time, accompanying her deep breathing, quiet stirrings, and gorgeous blackness.”

Wahed Gotref, Problèmes prosés

[English translation: François Couture, ii-15]


Urban Adagio was realized in 2010 at the composer’s studio and premiered on April 23, 2010 during the concert Con sordino (3) presented by Codes d’accès at Relais Mont-Royal in Montréal (Québec). Urban Adagio was commissioned by Codes d’accès with support from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA}). Urban Adagio won an award at the 11th Concurso Internacional de Composição Electroacústica Música Viva (Portugal, 2010).

Premiere

  • April 23, 2010, Con Sordino (3), Relais Mont-Royal, Montréal (Québec)

Awards

Details

Urban Adagio (2010), 13:47
stereo fixed medium

Calendar

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
November 24, 2012 Georges Forget, Urban Adagio (2010), 13:47 Arte Eletroacústica / RTP Antena 2 (Portugal)
June 22, 2015 Georges Forget, Urban Adagio (2010), 13:47 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
August 25, 2015 Georges Forget, Urban Adagio (2010), 13:47 Radio Horizon 93.9 FM (South Africa)
September 25, 2015 Georges Forget, Urban Adagio (2010), 13:47 The Sound Projector Radio Show: Growlers / Resonance 104.4 FM (UK)
January 21, 2017 Georges Forget, Urban Adagio (2010), 13:47 Martian Gardens #872 / Global Community Radio Channel 2 (USA)
November 30, 2020 Georges Forget, Urban Adagio (2010), 13:47 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
July 2, 2022 Georges Forget, Urban Adagio (2010), 13:47 Radio Horizon 93.9 FM (South Africa)