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- composer: Blair Thomson
- instrumentation: Flute (doubling Piccolo), Oboe, Clarinet in Bb (doubling Clarinet in A), Horn in F, Bassoon
- skill-level: Advanced
To empathize is to attempt to understand the feelings, thoughts, or experiences of the ”other.” It is part of a “minimum ethic.” The three movements may be considered exemplifications of the significant effort required to do so. Why is empathy important? It seems to me we are living during a time when face to face human contact is undervalued; hence a turn towards the ominous. ”Cultural disintegration” is a reflection of North American indigenous cultural change over time. ”Generations X,Y, Q” takes its point of departure from the incredible speed with which opinions of others are made after clicking a computer mouse. Finally, ”Love from the Obverse” is a set of miniature variations guided by empathizing with someone else’s love for another. Thus the movement, as well as the entire piece, is dedicated to Sylvie-Anne. Empathie was commissioned by Pantaèdre with the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Premiered by Pentaèdre, 2 February, 2010, Tanna-Schulich Hall, Montréal.