La robe du temps (“The Robe of Time”) was inspired by an art installation entitled La robe Cathédrale ("The Cathedral Robe”), created by Quebec artist Carole Simmard-Laflamme. For her work, Simmard-Laflamme produced 12 large-scale, T-shaped panels of loosely woven fabric donated by people from all around Quebec, which were hung in various cathedrals around the world. The result was a powerful and poetic monument to the idea of community, as all the individual strands, representing personal experiences, criss-crossed to form a larger cohesive whole. In my musical reaction to the installation, I've “weaved” together musical strands that, much like Simmard-Laflamme’s installation, interrupt one another, then transform into a more speckled texture, and finally come together in a contemplative chordal passage.
A Quasar commission with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, La robe du temps was premiered in November 2013 at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal.