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And All My Senses Suspended

And All My Senses Suspended belongs to a series of pieces inspired by poetry of St. John of Cross. The composition explores instrumental sonorities that lie on the border of hearing. All instruments predominantly produce colored noise. The concealed pitch becomes heard as the color of timbre. Due to delicacy of the music, the performance should be amplified.

San Juan de la Cruz: Noche Oscura (seventh verse)

El aire de la almena,
cuando yo sus cabellos esparcía, con su mano serena
en mi cuello hería
y todos mis sentidos suspendía.

Saint John of Cross: Dark Night (seventh verse)

The scent of his brow,
when I spread his hair,
his calm hand
hard on my neck,
and all my senses suspended.

Translated by Eric Rosenbloom ©1999


  • Year composed: 2007; rev. 2015
  • Instrumentation: flute, violin, cello (or double bass) and piano
  • Duration: 8’30”


Performance History

  • May 25, 2016: Glass Farm Ensemble. Symphony Space, New York. Video by Robert Anderson.
  • June 26, 2015: Nave Graham, flute, Noah Jenkins, violin, RyanMcMasters, double bass and Mari Kawamura, piano. New Music on the Point Festival. Leicester, VT.
  • April 26, 2010. Ensemble s21. International Conference on Contemporary Music, Coruña, Spain.
  • March 30, 2007. The Now Ensemble. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.


From the Performance

Glass Farm Ensemble




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