Ice Forms is a work for spatialized orchestra that descriptively depicts the formation of ice over Lake Ontario — from the early winter freeze to its breaking apart in the spring, when temperatures begin to warm once again and birds return. It was commissioned and premiered by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in January 2019 at The Resounding Earth, a concert celebrating five hundred years of spatial music.
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"One of my favourite things about the winters growing up on Lake Ontario was the sight of the frozen lake. Each year, as temperatures dropped a layer of ice would form over the water, sometimes stretching as far as the eye could see, like a lake of glass – still, cold, and unyielding. When temperatures began to warm again, the ice would crack, breaking into separate sheets which would float and drift until they melted away. 'Ice Forms', for spatialized orchestra, is inspired by this remarkable process and the boundless beauty of frozen water." — K. G.