Program Notes - Behind the Veil
Behind the Veil
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2021)
text: Matthew Galbraith (2017)
genre: duet, chamber ensemble, fixed media
length: 1 movement, 3:50 minutes
orchestration: solo sop, solo fl; hp, 2 perc, synth, strgs
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044 • 973-857-3440
(not yet available)

premiere: 13 February 2022
Anna Elder, soprano • Sarah Steranka, flute
Carnegie Mellon Contemporary EnsembleDaniel Nesta Curtis, conductor
Kresge Theater • Carnegie Mellon University • Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
program notes:

"Behind the Eyes" was composed for two members of Pittsburgh's contemporary quintet, Kamratōn – Anna Elder (soprano) and Sarah Steranka (flute), and for the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble. The text is adapted from a poem of the same name by Matthew Galbraith, the composer's husband. In addition to the soloists and ensemble, the performance will be accompanied with a pre-recorded "fixed media" sound track, which includes a female trio (recorded by Ms. Elder) and an array of ambient sounds created by the composer.

"Behind the Veil" was composed to accompany the premiere of "Behind the Eyes," using the same soloists and ensemble, and featuring text by Mr. Galbraith's poem of the same name.

  Behind the Veil
Behind the veil
Something rather than nothing exists
Imagined yet real beyond spacetimelessness
Something like music or white noise adrift in the silences
Foreshadowed the unborn idea that created itself
Then filled the void with trillions of suns
From a flame that burned before the ONE
Who emerged from behind the veil
— Matthew Galbraith
    Zero Sum: Poems of Equilibrium (2020)