This new concerto by Marcel Bergmann was premiered by the Bergmann Duo on Sept 22, 2017 at the opening concert of White Rock Concerts. It was written in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday and commissioned by White Rock Concerts. The work reflects some typical Canadian sounds, images and scenery. Here are the composer's notes on the work :
Wanderlust is about the wanderer/hiker – as an individual or group – embarking on an adventure with nature and its wonders. The joyous anticipation is followed by various ups-and-downs, in the literal, as well as the symbolic sense. It is not unlike my own life’s journey that eventually brought me from Germany to Canada. In this particular contest – and as a homage to my heritage – I made use of some musical references to Schubert that I considered suitable.
Flow is about nature itself – water, fluidity, in various forms and manifestations…including the stillness in its frozen, icy state that shapes so much of the Canadian landscape.
The Last Spike refers to an important historical event that eventually completed the railway across Canada, thus being a symbol of national unity. Even today, the train whistles resonating in the mountains convey some of the magic and excitement that this once-new form of transportation evoked. Motion, generated by steam and steel, translates into the patterns of the concluding movement.