CaVU attempts to re-imagine and transform familiar aspects of the Western European canonic music through which students necessarily learn their craft. As such, it is less a piano trio than a work for meta-string instrument plus percussion. The characteristic timbre of each instrument is less prevalent, though still idiomatic in production. CaVU’s pitch content is solely that of the major scale, yet without a hierarchical structure, thus rendered pan-diatonic. Phrase repetition is present, masking itself as reiteration by cycling against a complement to create an ever-changing context. Yet there is more to this music than mere structure.
CaVU is an acronym known to my late father in his experience as a pilot - Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited.
CaVU is the result of a generous private commission from Ian Hampton, a great friend of Canadian music, for performance by students of the Langley Community Music School.
This piece was premiered by students of the Langley Community Music School on November 26th, 2006 in Rose Gellert Hall at the Langley Community Music School.