Behind the Eyes
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2021)
text: Matthew Galbraith (2017)
genre: duet with fixed media OR
duet, chamber ensemble, fixed media
length: 1 movement, 7:40 minutes
orchestration: solo sop, solo fl, fixed media
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044 • 973-857-3440

video premiere: 15 April 2021
Anna Elder, soprano + virtual chorus • Sarah Steranka, flute
Matthew Galbraith, video
Irma Freeman Center for Imagination • Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
program notes:

"Behind the Eyes" was composed for and recorded by two members of Pittsburgh's contemporary quintet, Kamratōn – Anna Elder (soprano soloist) and Sarah Steranka (flute soloist). The text is adapted from a poem of the same name by Matthew Galbraith, the composer's husband. It was composed for future live performances with solo soprano and/or solo flute, along with a "fixed media" sound track created by the composer, which includes a female trio (sung by Ms. Elder) and a virtual ensemble of ambient and percussive sounds created using the Ableton Live application.

The work was recorded and engineered by Ryan McMasters, and released on YouTube in early April 2021 with a video created by Mr. Galbraith. For live performances, the mixed media soundtrack is available senza both soloists, or senza one or the other of the soloists.

  Behind the Eyes
In the world between
Words and dreams
Resting on the shore of your trancendental sea
It seems enough for now to feel
A calm to test the waters
And one more season hence
To swim sink surrender
Through your eternal peace
— Matthew Galbraith
    Particle Man: Third Book of Poems (2017)