2017 Concert Program
October 20, 2017 @ 8 PM
Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon: A couple of years
ago, I composed a very brief postcard
for violin in response to Hanna Hurwitzs
performance of selections from Signs, Games
and Messages, by Kurtág. This little
postcard later became the musical kernel for Ineffable,
a work for solo flute commissioned by the National
Flute Association for its Young Artist Competition.
In addition to providing musical ideas for the
piece, that initial postcard became the coda
of Ineffable. Since I intended to
eventually integrate Ineffable into Songtree,
a large vocal cycle for soprano and ensemble,
I turned at that point to Sonnet XVII by William
Shakespeare to select four lines for the flute
I could write the beauty of your eyes,
And in fresh numbers number all your graces,
The age to come would say, 'This poet lies,
Such heavenly touches ne'er touch'd earthly
addition to being moved by the inherent beauty
and tenderness of these lines, I was touched
by their depiction of the plight of the artist,
who attempts to express the depths of life experiences,
despite recognizing that art can not truly encode
them. Similarly, in Ineffable I tried
to convey the poetry of Shakespeare, even if
the flute could not speak his words, but only
reflect on them with sound.
summer, Hanna Hurwitz approached me with the
idea of performing Ineffable on the
violin. I was intrigued by the possibility of
going full-circle back to that instrument. We
found that the work transferred very well for
the violin, and I was delighted with the wonderful
expressive perspective that she brought to the
work. The present version is a result of our
collaboration. Ineffable is extremely
challenging for the flute, and truly a virtuosic
work for the violin.
13 January 1977, Howard Skempton interviewed
Morton Feldman in London. A transcript
of the interview can be found here.
The main subject of the interview was Feldman's
opera, "Neither", which he was completing
at the time. At various times during the interview,
Feldman sang fragments from the score of the
opera to illustrate points he was making. Whilst
transcribing the interview, Chris Villars conceived
the idea of using the sung fragments as the
soundtrack for a short film which would memorialise
and, through the addition of a visual element,
complement these unique moments. To this end,
he collaborated with Zahra Partovi to
create "Feldman Sings
Water by Zahra Partovi Poetry of J.M.
Rumi Soprano Vocalise Tiffany DuMouchelle Bells
Steve Solook Bilingual Spoken Words Recording
Vincent FitzGerald & Zahra Partovi Seek
Water is dedicated to Nils Vigeland New York
2017 * A song of aspiration and searching, Seek
Water manifests a major force of human
existence. The text of Seek Water is excerpted
from Letters 1986, published by
Vincent FitzGerald & Company. Whatever
state you are in, always seek, Seek water, you
with the dry lips,
your dry lips give evidence that At the end
you will reach the fountain.
search is like a messenger,calling out Crying
Dawn is imminent!
is searching, become his friend Throw your head
at his feet.
For in the company of those who desire, you
will know desire And in the shadow of conquerors,
you will become a conqueror.
If an ant is searching for Solomon Do not look
with contempt upon its search. All you have
of wealth and skill Wasnt it only a thought
and search in the beginning?