Over this past weekend, I finally got to finish the piece for Jason Calloway (solo cello), naming it Witness Marks. From the program notes:
“Witness marks [n.] A scratch or similar mark on each half of an assembly used to position of locate parts.
This music was written in a period of great disorientation, with a hope that focusing on a single line would help me put one step after another, to find a way forward in a time of so many different kinds. I felt the writing of this to be a welcome and necessary diversion, a break from the darkness surrounding our days during the spring of 2020.”
Now sent off to Jason, and am curious to hear his thoughts, and to implement whatever suggestions/changes he comes up with.
I’ve never used this function in the notation software before, but generated a ‘scrolling-score’ video, which moves the score along with the computer-generated audio. Clearly not a human performance, but perhaps provides a very rough idea…
Today, will continue reading, considering, sketching ideas for a few poems I’ve permission to use, to see which I want to use for Rachel/Ari (Duo Cortona, soprano & violin). Am really torn between two I just love; E.E. Cummings “somewhere I have never travelled” and Marie Howe’s “Limbo” from The Kingdom of Ordinary Time.
Will hopefully set all of these, in time, and hope to decide on which for soprano/violin before today is over…