…and the unseen eyebeam crossed…

for orchestra

Paul Archbold

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Composer Paul Archbold
Year of Composition 1992 rev. 2020
Duration 7' 30"



Fl/Picc, Fl, Ob, CA, Cl/BCl, Cl, 2Bsn, 2Tpt, 2Hn, Perc, Strings (min.


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Catalogue ID ce-pa1atue1


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…and the unseen eyebeam crossed… takes its title from the first movement of T. S. Eliot’s poem Burnt Norton. The reader is led into a magical garden of childhood innocence where the roses are subtly changed in the presence of the onlooker. This work is a composed act of perception – fast complex fragments are examined, dissected and frozen until a hidden melodic line is revealed. In this process of objectification, there is also another transition: from life to death.