Compositions: Chamber Music

through a glass, darkly

Date of composition:  1995

Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, 1 Oboe, 2 Clarinets, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horns, 2 Trombones, Violin, Piano, Double bass, Drum set

FIrst Performed: November, 1995

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” 

This is a chamber ensemble piece for 14 instruments. It is programmatic in that there are cinematic ‘scenes’ to the story that unfolds. It is heavily influenced by Wim Wender’s “Wings of Desire”, Ligeti’s Violin Concerto, Henry Cowell’s Quartet Romantic and Keith Jarrett’s Changes. The title comes from 1. Corinthians 13:12 (KJV):

  The composer was unaware of the 1961 film by the same name directed by Ingmar Bergman at the time this composition was written, and bears no resemblance to that work.

This piece is listed in the Gaudeamus Foundation Contemporary Music Center.

View score: Barish_Golland-through-a-glass-darkly-score

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