sexual signs for solo violin

(this and this and this)

(2018-2020)

(amplified solo violin, amplified string trio, pre-recorded soundtrack)

three movements, 35 minutes total

demo recordings here by Rakhi Singh and the Singh Quartet and Harry Gorski-Brown

view score here

1. PASS

i. introduction

ii. the beginning of the story, and 

iii. some more of the story

iv. a bargain struck

v. plateau

vi. impassive hills

vii. meltwater

viii. finally

ix. a track

This piece began as an exploration of coldness and frigidity, of stories and bodies that 

are totally closed to you.

 

only pass

that north

 

No. 

Please, stop

 

IF YOU GET BACK IN YOUR CAR and

 

Will you

If I

once

 

and DRIVE BACK DOWN THE MOUNTAIN

 

texted meters

melted cold

water to wash in

days pass

sky and air 

wanted to distant 

him

 

arched myself

spread I come

the I hard-on then

 

on kissed pass

poured that bare.

(RE)

2. Tillage [without violence]

the day 

the mountain 

the winter’s near 

those whom Nature hath not made

 

nothing, sweet boy

 

both sea and land 

rain 

and wind

 

or night 

or none

or the sea 

or if they sing 

or call it winter 

or being wreck’d 

or seasons’ quality 

 

[say no]

 

nor stone 

nor earth 

nor boundless sea 

nor gates of steel so strong

but sad mortality

 

of hand 

of foot 

of lips

 

gathered 

shake 

hold out

 

kissing 

gilding pale streams 

loving parts 

shifting change

 

[say no] 

 

how with this rage

how like a winter

like the ocean be

like to thee

 

from me far off 

from limits far remote

 

what freezings have I felt 

what strong hand can hold 

 

against the cold 

against the watchful siege

 

where breath most breathes 

where my body is 

 

winter’s ragged hand

will hold me

hold out

upon your soundless deep

 

no stronger than a flower 

no shape so true

my body is the frame 

which parts the shore

(WS + RE)

3. a piece of horizon has been arching ur back

  1. that the whole world is contained in a grain of sand

  2. trying to smooth your body out so that you can become underwater in a shallow stream, in what used to be the deepest part of the river, in the only water in Fisherfield, which is melting off the snowfield of the Maiden. Flat, high summer.

  3. heavy / light; coda (long and free)


 

we washed in rivers

and smelled like shady river banks

and dark red peaty water.

(RE)

© 2020