Three sexual pieces for solo violin
(this and this and this)


 

composed 2018-2020

album in collaboration with Harry Gorski-Brown, released 17 February 2022

'Music of stunning intimacy' – THE QUIETUS

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This piece began as an exploration of coldness and frigidity, of bodies and stories which are totally closed to you.

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

 

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)

 

 

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)

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

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)

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HGB recording PASS in Dennistoun, November 2020 // photo by RIE

 

CREDITS

1. - 3. THREE SEXUAL PIECES FOR SOLO VIOLIN (THIS AND THIS AND THIS)

 

   I. PASS

   II. Tillage [without violence]

   III. a piece of horizon has been arching ur back

 

4. rain coming; some degree West

 

 

 

 

SOLO VIOLIN portrayed by Harry Gorski-Brown

 

STRING TRIO portrayed by  Roo Geddes

                                                              Dimitrios Antonakakis Giannisis

                                                              Simone Seales

 

 

 

 

THREE SEXUAL PIECES by Rufus Isabel Elliot

rain coming; by Harry Gorski-Brown

 

 

 

 

RECORDED by Stevie Cossar

 

MIXED AND MASTERED by Harry Gorski-Brown

with thanks to Alistair MacDonald

 

ALBUM ARTWORK by Olivia Bush

 

 

 

 

 

with thanks to the generous support of the Make It Happen Fund and the Young Scot Nurturing Talent Fund