The Light Gleams an Instant


Program Note

The title for this piece is derived from a passage in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot which reads, “They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant then it’s night once more” This text discusses the constant forward march of time that forces the impermanence of every moment, every experience, and every life. Music in its very nature is a temporary art form; the ephemeral nature of sound only allowing it to exist in the moment. The piece utilizes electronic processing to manipulate the sounds produced live by the performer and as a result the piece is slightly different each time it is performed.
The electronics that you hear are all being processed live and there are no previously recorded sounds.

About Colin Horrocks

Colin Horrocks is a Los Angeles-based composer whose music has been described as “dramatically powerful” (Sequenza21). His compositions include works for chamber ensemble, soloist, and large ensemble and often incorporate…