Robin #2 by Robert Daigneault

Robin #2 by Robert Daigneault is one of the first pieces we performed. Daigneault is an Ontario composer born in Hamilton and has collaborated with artists of all kinds. “What interests him is to use a fragment of reality as the starting point for a composition, and to make reality fanciful.” (CMC Biography)

Robin #2 is a prime example of this interest. It uses recordings of birdsong as inspiration for the composition first at the original speed in the vibraphone and then slowed down in the clarinet part. While there is no actual recording playing during the piece the snippets of recognizable and yet ghostly motives play continuously in both the clarinet and vibraphone.