Soon as the sun forsook the eastern main

Program Notes
Soon as the sun forsook the eastern main
pealing thunder shook;
Majestic grandeur!

Exhales the incense of a blooming spring.
Soft purl the streams,
birds renew their notes
and through the air floats mingled music.

Through all the heav'ns what beauteous dies;
the west glories in the deepest red.
Our breasts glow--living temples of our God--
fill’d with the praise
of that which gives the light and draws the sable curtains.

let placid slumbers sooth each weary mind,
at morn to wake the labours of the day
more pure

Night’s leaden sceptre seals my drowsy eyes,
Then cease, my song, till fair Aurora rise.

adapted from Phillis Wheatley's An Hymn to the Evening
by Peter Gilbert

Biographical Sketch

Peter Gilbert says of his music, "I'm asking performers to listen, to immerse themselves in the sound of the piece. I think of my role as inventing landscapes or architecture. The music then lives through their sensitive responses to those surroundings. Fortunately, I've been lucky to have incredible collaborators throughout my life." His work combines traditional instrumental writing with elements of improvisation, live-performed electronics, and other media.

His multi-media opera dreimaldrei gleich unendlich (trans: 3x3=∞), written with partner, Karola Obermüller, was premiered in 2009 as part of the Musik der Jahrhunderte festival in Stuttgart and is featured in the "Imagining Media" exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ZKM | Institut für Akustik und Musik (Karlsruhe, Germany). He and Obermüller will also appear at the Global Composition world soundscape conference to present on their new work “Taking Mountains. Gilbert was also part of a collaborative group of composers who received a Siemens Foundation grant for the experimental music theatre piece Robert S. for Theater Bonn in 2011.

He has held artist residencies at ZKM, Bourges (France), La Mortella (Italy), and been a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany) and composer-in-residence for the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. Other accolades and commissions have come from the Barlow Foundation, the Russolo Foundation, the Look & Listen Festival, the Third Practice Festival, the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, the Washington International Composers Competition and the ZKM | Institut für Akustik und Musik. Gilbert's work as a composer, performer and producer can be heard on New Focus Recordings and at

He has taught composition, electronic music, music theory and music history at Harvard University, Wellesley College, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music and he was Founder and Co-Directer of the Young Composers Program at CIM from 2003-2010. Gilbert holds degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as a PhD from Harvard University. He currently teaches at the University of New Mexico as Assistant Professor of Composition.