By Luna Pearl Woolf | For String Ensemble and Percussion Quartet | 20′
Title: But I Digress…
Composer: Luna Pearl Woolf
Text by: Kaie Kellough, excerpted from Across/Virage
Year Composed: 2017
Instrumentation: For String Ensemble (string nonet) and Percussion Quartet
Format: Full Score
Page Size: 10″x14″
Catalog Number: OM0167
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From the composer:
In my backyard, somewhere, searching for the words to pull exactly the flavour in my mind out across the tongue and into the air, evading truth but edging ever closer until the very impetus of opening the lips is lost… But I digress… nine movements evoked by Kaie Kellough’s “across/virage”, I. la langue entre les dents tickles, teases and spits, and is subsumed by the straining illiteracy of a II. diaspora analphabète. From the depths of thought, III. une virgule noire cuts weeping holes, our meditation now IV. rompus par des soupirs. Shocked into a state of semi-consciousness, V. les mots divague, voicing starry waves through lips and tongue. Variations VI. dans n’importe quelle conjugaison dance and stretch and dance again, stumbling upon a morphing beanstock, only climbed VII. par des voies ancestrales. VIII. Les élans parallèles push and jostle, bell-like in their insistent overlapping, until the emptiness vibrates and erupts with rippling ideas, gestures, points of light, our words IX. perçant le vide étoilé.
Commission/Dedication: For Collectif9 and Architek Percussion.
Premiere: First performed June 9, 2018 at Usine C, Montréal, QC by Collectif9 and Architek Percussion.
Recording: Listen to an excerpt of But I Digress…