(2011) Duration: 7′ 15″
for fl, cl/bass cl, e. guitar, piano, double bass
Commissioned by: NOW Ensemble.
World Premiere: October 16, 2011 by NOW Ensemble at the SONiC Festival at Miller Theatre in New York City, NY.
“From its opening guitar notes, Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Pale As Centuries” conjures the ornate beauty of antiquity and strips it away to show every layer and bone. Budde’s clarinet and Sopp’s flute circle higher around one another into flights of fancy that crystallize into gorgeous shapes. When Dancigers’ sharp, percussive chords rise to the fore like a summer storm, it’s a clarion call to attention before melting back into a thick sensual bass and bass clarinet thrum with thick strokes of flute.”
—Agit Reader, June 10, 2015
“Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Pale as Centuries” gets a lot mileage out of the simple guitar figure that opens the work. “Pale as Centuries” builds in intensity and drive as the full ensemble enters, expanding the opening figure and introducing new material all while moving from musical collage to a single, organic musical statement.”
—I Care If You Listen, Sept. 3, 2015
“The ensemble again switches gears for Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Pale as Centuries,” a musical collage which combines diverse, distinctive, and sometimes even mismatched melodic fragments into a single cohesive image.”
—Second Inversion, May 26, 2015