For Soprano, Piano, and Percussion

In 5 movements, 16 minutes

Score from PSNY, click here

CD available from iTunes, New Focus Recordings

Performed by Tony Arnold soprano, Tom Rosenkranz piano, Aiyun Huang percussion.

From the CD "Influorescence, performed by Soundscape," FCR140 on New Focus Recordings,

released November 2013.

Available from New Focus Recordings, click here

About this score:

Revised Version Premiere in Baltimore, MD on April 12, 2012 by SoundSCAPE:

Tony Arnold soprano, Tom Rosenkrantz piano, Aiyun Huang percussion.

Premiere in New York City on March 25, 2004 by Either/Or:

Jennifer Cobb soprano, Richard Carrick piano, David Shively percussion.

Program Notes

I kept a notebook in the hospital room during the last three days of my father's life. A year and a half later I returned to this notebook. Apart from many sentences with incomplete thoughts, there were a number of single words scattered throughout the pages. Some of these single words are used in this piece.

There is a Japanese tradition of poets writing a final poem while on their deathbed; a tradition so important that some poets prepare their final poem months in advance. “The fierce last stand” of their artistic essence, to quote another poet used in this piece.

Tojun, Toko, and Bufu haiku's are used in their entirety. “Well, I Wonder,” and “Asleep” by The Smiths, Paul Celan, Miland Kundera, and the jazz standard “Just Friends” are briefly referenced or quoted musically.

This piece is lovingly dedicated to the memory of my father Richard John Carrick (1940-2001).

Japanese Text

Tojun (d.1695)

Even dew distilled from a thousand herbs can't cure this illness.

Bufu (d.1792)

Oh, I don't care where autumn clouds are drifting to.

Toko (d.1795)

Death poems are mere delusion- death is death.

Performance rights for the Japanese Death Poems (trans. Yoel Hoffmann) secured by Tuttle Publishers.


Notebook, Bedside

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