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For the Time Being was composed for the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne during the fall of 1999. At the time I was interested in creating a piece that was very textural and goal-oriented, music that was always going somewhere.

There are three sections of roughly equal lengths. The first slows down, the second speeds up and the third remains steady. At the end of each of these, there is a climactic area where a wash of ensemble-wide gestures lurch and drift in and out of major chords. The major triads are not there so much as functional harmony (although this inevitably occurs) but rather as familiar or comforting sonorities, causing the ear to relax slightly as if finding an old friend amidst a sea of changing textures and clusters.

For the Time Being seemed an appropriate title as it speaks of time and being and the present moment.

Many thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for their assistance in the development of this work.

  • Score available at CMC, Région du Québec.
  • Recording: available at SMCQ’s office