Robert A. Baker



all the lights are gathered in your eyes

for flute, clarinet, trombone, piano, violin, and contrabass

2016 | ca. 9 min

[] Commissioned by ensemble mise-en
f.p. 25 Jun./16, Taipei Cultural Center, New York, NY, USA. ensemble mise-en; Moon Young Ha, conductor





Programme notes

all the lights are gathered in your eyes is a single movement work that moves back and forth between quick and slow passages. However, one’s sense of speed and motion is at times made ambiguous through additional activity working in contrast to the prevailing sense of pulse, or lack thereof. This ambiguity in motion is reflected by the inclusion of a spoken text (two lines each from Mallarmé, Eliot, and Teasdale, the latter from whom the title is taken) that evokes themes of light and time with a recurring image of eyes. In combination with subtle and equally ambiguous physical action from the players, this work evokes an elusive theatricality that pushes it beyond the conventions of instrumental concert music.

R. A. Baker