Marcel’s compositions include works for solo piano, duo piano, piano trio, chamber ensemble, songs, choir, chamber opera – as well as music for film and theatre/cabaret projects, and electroacoustic media (soundscapes). He fuses a variety of stylistic influences- ranging from minimalism and 20th century avant-garde to jazz, pop and world music into his own distinct musical language.

    

Piano Solo

Continuum2014Premiered in Paris at the Palais de Tokyo on 11/04/2014 by Nicolas Horvath. Click to view score: Continuum

Two Pianos

Echoes of Tchaikovsky2014Commissioned by the San Francisco International Music Festival. Premiered at the 4th Salkind Duo Piano Festival. Click to view scores: Movement I | Movement II | Movement III

Fantasy on Themes from Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”2012Commissioned by the San Francisco International Music Festival. Premiere at the 4th Salkind Duo Piano Festival
Fear...less (for 2 pianos and pre-recorded soundscape2012Premiered at the Rose Gelllert Hall, Langley, BC
Double Spiral

White Rock Boogie
2012

2011
Premiered in Merkin Hall, New York

Commissioned by Jesse Plessis and Bente Hanson with help from the Fernie & District Arts Community
Boogiemania- extended version2009Premiere performance and CD-recording in Middelburg/The Netherlands, February 2009. The recording was released as part of an 11- CD box issued by Brilliant Classics in November 2010 (Minimal Piano Collection, Volumes X-XX)
Incessant Bells (7’)2007Commissioned and recorded by CBC for an On Stage concert and broadcast production. Premiere performance at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, March 2007. Appears on the Minimal Piano Collection, Volume XIV (Brilliant Classics, 2010)
Benvenuto (3’30)2006Premiered at the Lek Art Festival in Culemborg/The Netherlands, Sept. 2006
Midnight Journey (3’45)2005Premiered at the Lek Art Festival in Culemborg/The Netherlands, Sept. 2006. Appears on the Minimal Piano Collection, Volume XIV (Brilliant Classics, 2010)
Morning Train (4’)2005Premiered as part of the Gala Concert presented by the Canadian National Conservatory of Music during its annual pedagogy symposium in Palmerston, ON., July 2006. Appears on the Minimal Piano Collection, Volume XIV (Brilliant Classics, 2010)

Urban Pulse (12’)2005Commissioned by the Murray Dranoff Foundation for the 10th Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition; premiered during the Semi-final round and the Finals Gala Concert in Miami, Dec. 2005 Click to view score: Urban Pulse Roundabout

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Fantasy on themes from Porgy & Bess (Gershwin) (28‘)
2004Appears on the CD At the Opera (Arktos, 2005)
Boogiemania (5‘)
2002Premiered at the Rozsa Centre, Calgary, April 2003

Two pianos & other instruments


Midsummer Flower –for mixed choir, 2 pianos and percussion (8’30)
2008Commissioned by the Spiritus Chamber Choir; premiered at Knox United Church,Calgary,May 2008
Every Man – for 5 voices and 2 pianos (7’)2004Written for and premiered at the Lek Art Festival in Culemborg/The Netherlands, Sept. 2004
Culemborg City Soundscape – for 2 pianos, tape and percussion (32’)2002Written for and premiered at the Lek Art Festival in Culemborg/The Netherlands, Sept. 2002;
Appears on the CD Culemborg City Soundscape (Piano Productions, 2002)
Two Pianos & Orchestra
Concerto for 2 pianos2014Premiered with the Red Deer Symphony, Claude Lapalme, conductor

Four pianos

Four pianos (together with Donald Rubinstein, Philippe Bodin and Andrea Clearfield) (21’)1998Performed and recorded live at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Nov. 1998;
Appears on the CD Acceptance (Black Starlight Records, 2005)

Piano duet

Last dream to paradise (5’)
(with Don Rubinstein)
1998Appears on the CD Long Parade (Blue horse records, 2000)
Circus serenade (with D. Rubinstein) (1’)1998Appears on the CD Long Parade (Blue horse records, 2000)
Four hands (with D. Rubinstein) (4’45)1998Appears on the CD Maya (Desert Link Records, 1999)

Other chamber music

Intango for flute(vln), cello and piano (10’)

2014
Tango Frenético
for violin, cello and 2 pianos (7’)
2008Premiered at the Pulse Chamber Music Festival in Langley/Vancouver,July 2008
DVD 2010

Summer Tides – for chamber orchestra (7’30)2007Commissioned and premiered at the Pulse Chamber Music Festival in Langley/Vancouver, August 2007
Blue Autumn – for cello and piano (7’20)2006Commissioned by Beth Root Sandvoss and premiered at the University of Calgary New Music Festival, February 2007. Appears on the CD “Blue Autumn” (Arktos, 2007) Click to view score: Blue Autumn
Tango laszivo
for cello, guitar and piano (6’)
2002

Premiered at the Banff Centre, February 2002

Opera,Theatre and Cabaret

TWO BIT OPER –EH?-SHUN (65’)
libretto by Onalea Gilbertson

For three solo voices, small chorus, choir, violin, viola, cello, saxophones/clarinet,piano, keyboards and percussion
2010Commissioned by the Land’s End Chamber Music Society & written for the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, the Premiere of TWO BIT OPER –EH?-SHUN was presented by One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo in January 2010 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary, Alberta
Yala, Princess of Lataka (60’) 2004In collaboration with students of Calgary’s West Dover elementary school as part of Calgary Opera’s Let’s create an Opera project. Premiered at West Dover Elementary School, June 2004
Der Avatar (50’)2001Commissioned by the Musikforum Niedersachsen e.V with performances in various cities in Northern Germany, June & August 2001
Online an der Leine – text & lyrics by Helmut Ruge; a cabaret/multimedia event (45’)2000Premiered as part of the cultural program of the EXPO 2000 in Hannover/Germany,June & July 2000
Baden Rebelliert –a play by Helmut Ruge (with Boris Ruge) (50’)1998Commissioned by the Badische Landesbühne in Bruchsal/Germany; Performances in over 30 cities across Baden-Württemberg from June 4 - July 12,1998
Transatlantis – a multimedia show (20’)
1997Performances at the Eisfabrik, Hannover/Germany, January 1997
In Teufel’s Küche (with B. Ruge) - Music for a cabaret show with Helmut Ruge (25’)
1993Performances at the Drehleier in Munich/Germany, Oct. & Nov.1993
Cleaners on strike – an evening of music & cabaret (with Boris Ruge) (60’)
1991Performances at the Unterton in Munich/Germany, July 1991

Film/Television

Lyonel Feiningers Deutschland – Bilder (14’15)1997Produced by the Bavarian Television and broadcast by the BR and various other European broadcasting corporations
Keine Stadt ist nur Schwarz-Weiss (2’30)1995Music for the prize winning short film presented at the short film festival1995 in Hannover, Germany
Albrecht Dürers Reise nach Venedig (2’)1994Produced by the Bavarian Television and broadcast by the BR and various other European broadcasting corporations
Giorgio Bavarese – Johann Georg v. Dillis
(6’45)
1993Produced by the Bavarian Television and broadcast by the BR and various other European broadcasting corporations
Wie will ich Griechenland blau malen –Bayerische Maler sehen Griechenland (11’)1993Produced by the Bavarian Television and broadcast by the BR and various other European broadcasting corporations
Bestimmung: Landschaftsmaler – Carl Blechen (3’45)1990Produced by the Bavarian Television and broadcast by the BR and various other European broadcasting corporations

Miscellaneous

Rodney (Bossa Nova) (3’)2004
Fata Morgana (music & lyrics) (4’15)1998Appears on the CD When I am with you (Cetonia 001,1998)

Compositions to remember

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