Rivière du Diable

Instrumentation: String Orchestra (Score Sample-PDF)

Duration: 8:45

Program Notes:Two hours north of Montreal, paved roads begin to disappear, and one enters a vast wilderness of forests and lakes that extends northward for hundreds of miles. At the frontier of this great expanse lies la Rivière du Diable (the Devil’s river), so named by pioneering timber workers who found it unsuitable for transporting logs. Starting from an isolated lake in the Mont Tremblant National Park that is inaccessible to the public, the Diable’s winding path passes mountains, pristine lakes and narrow valleys before arriving in the more frequented areas of the park. This composition paints a series of musical postcards that attempt to convey the natural beauty of the Rivière du Diable and the dramatic seasonal changes that are a major feature of this northern region.

February 15—Frozen and silent, an isolated lake lies under a blanket of snow.
April 15—The ice melts and the rains come. The river flows swiftly through the valley.
July 15—A beautiful summer’s day. Tourists flock to the park to float down the river in canoes.
October 15—The magnificent fall colors of maple and birch begin to fade. The days get shorter.