Written for the International Contemporary Ensemble and for Tenor Peter Tantsits. The work was created through ICE’s First Page Commissioning Program thanks to the lead support of Frances Kazan. The first performance was given on 3 August 2016 in Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center, New York City, U.S.A.
"As a composer I have a tendency to write music in rather low dynamics. The dynamics indicate an atmosphere and the urge to approach the music with a sense of calm rather than merely indicating the dynamic level. I do not intend for the music tobe too quiet – but rather projecting a sense of serenity.
I would kindly ask that the dynamics be tuned to the location of the performance and subtly dramatized as appropriate with regards to the performance space and/or concert venue. ‘To the accompaniment of everyday life’ indicates an atmospheric approach to the music that suggests fragility and loneliness. The work was commissioned to be premiered outside, so the music was inspired by the notion of hearing the environment “accompanying” the music." - Anna Thorvaldsdottir.