Baby Steps - Robin Haigh (2020)
Baby Steps (2020) is a piece for erhu and piano composed by Robin Haigh and premiered by Chen Teng and Liu Zhujun at Tangram Voices #2 in September 2020.
Baby Steps explores a delicate soundworld of timbral and harmonic ambiguities. Taking a simple semitonal as its starting point, the erhu meanders poignantly down an octave, navigating microtones and melodic fluctuations against a shimmering harmonic backdrop provided by the piano. Step by step, we are led into a place of uncertainty, mystery, and intrigue.
Notes by Alex Ho
Robin Haigh is a composer from the UK whose music has been described as “remarkably discombobulating” (Seen and Heard International), “frenetic” (The Times), “distinctive” (Musical Opinion), “vibrant, witty” (Chicago Classical Review), “irreverent” (Chicago Theatre Review), and “completely refreshing” (British Composer Awards). Since winning a British Composer Award in 2017 aged 24, Robin has been commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Society, Sage Gateshead, Ligeti Quartet, and The Hermes Experiment. He received over thirty performances of his music in 2019 across the UK, Ireland, America, and Europe.