For wind quintet – flute, oboe, clarinet in Bb, horn and bassoon
Premiered in Auditorium, Maggagno, Italy on 10 July, 2016 (simplified version)
Performed by Mirna Ackers, Helmke Jansen, Jelmer de Moed, Banri Hoshi and Joseph Betts in Leeuwenbergh Church, Utrecht, Netherlands on 2 October, 2016 during the Alba Rosa Viva Festival 2016.
Performed by Simon Desorgher, Catherine Pluygers, Phil Edwards, Henryk Sienkiewicz and Anna Blake in Regent Hall, Salvation Army, London, UK on 18 November, 2016 during 19th London New Wind Festival.
I live in a city where high-rises could be seen everywhere. These high-rises are often installed with security systems, monitoring perhaps more than what they should be overseeing. Under these “eagle eyes”, one’s life could be scrutinised to the very extreme, leaving very little chance for one to escape. However, to me “eagle eyes” also mean the eyes of a real eagle that I often see outside my window. Even in such an urban area, where non-human animals are rare, the eagle is still trying hard to look for the prey day after day.
Such double-meaning of the term “eagle eyes” inspired me to compose this wind quintet, in which one could not only listen to the soundscape of a metropolitan, but also the imitation of the real eagle voice by the clarinet and the oboe.