Gates of Light was composed for the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal workshop at the University of Toronto, 2006. This workshop afforded me the opportunity to experiment with a number of techniques I had never used but was intrigued by, including an adventurous rhythmic drive, saturated counterpoint, and a generally ‘spiky’ pitch palette, all contributing to an aggressively non-tonal discourse. The title was influenced partly by the phrase “light at the end of the tunnel,” meaning the peace attained at the end of a lengthy period of ordeal. Far from being comforting or luminous, however, Gates of Light dwells on the ‘tunnel’ itself, twisting and churning vertiginously toward an uncertain goal.
- Kevin Lau (2006)
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