John Gordon Armstrong

Canadian Composer


Fair Ever Be Angels

Fair Ever Be Angels (2009) was written for a someone whose initials are FEBA. It uses those initials in a variety of ways, but, most directly, as a pitch set from which the notes of the piece are drawn; every note in this piece is part of a pitch setthat is a transposition or inversion of FEBA. What you will hear, however, is a slow, meditative first movement and a quicker, more dramatic second movement in what should sound like a sonata form.

Fair Ever Be Angels was first performed by Paul Marleyn and Frédéric Lacroix at the 2012 Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa.

Composed in 2009 for Cello and Piano
Duration: 15 minutes
Advanced Student/Very Accessible
Published: Canadian Music Centre (Toronto)

(Performance by Paul Marleyn and Frédéric Lacroix)

1. Meditation

2. Spirit Rising