From Halifax, Nova Scotia, Emily creates both traditional and new pieces, often using her music to explore the sounds in the natural world. To strengthen this understanding she has done interdisciplinary research on birdsong with ornithologists and biologists.
On her website you can here some of these beautiful and unique explorations:
Listen to them here
Music for Magpies
Social sounds from Whales at Night
Night Black Bird Song – a personal favorite!
She also uses music to weave stories and created music with children and for children. One of these pieces called Song of Seals, is based on Scottish folklore. This piece was made for a children’s choir, and 7 instrumentalists.
Listen to Song of Seals
We were fortunate enough to hear this piece live. At the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.
The Sapling as described by Emily Doolittle:
“In the case of Sapling the musical ideas came first, and it is only after that I had written the piece that I realized that it followed an organic process of development that made me think of a tree. The first movement begins with a persistent repeated note motive in the solo violin, which pushes its way upwards through a series of loud, percussive orchestra chords, before spreading outwards into a mist of overlapping, branching figures. The second movement, too, grows out of a repeated note, this time gentle and flexible, swaying and bending like a sapling in the wind. The third movement explores the various colours of the orchestra, as the sapling buds and bursts into leaf and flower.”
Emily Doolittle lives in Glasgow, Scotland where she is a Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.