La robe du temps

Composer: David Adamcyk
Saxophone quartet (SATB)

La robe du temps (“The Robe of Time”) was inspired by an art installation entitled La robe Cathédrale ("The Cathedral Robe”), created by Quebec artist Carole Simmard-Laflamme. For her work, Simmard-Laflamme produced 12 large-scale, T-shaped panels of loosely woven fabric donated by people from all around Quebec, which were hung in various cathedrals around the world. The result was a powerful and poetic monument to the idea of community, as all the individual strands, representing personal experiences, criss-crossed to form a larger cohesive whole. In my musical reaction to the installation, I've “weaved” together musical strands that, much like Simmard-Laflamme’s installation, interrupt one another, then transform into a more speckled texture, and finally come together in a contemplative chordal passage.

 A Quasar commission with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, La robe du temps was premiered in November 2013 at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal.