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Katherine Balch

Phrases

for soprano and double bass

(2017)
Text informationText by Arthur Rimbaud (1886)
Duration8'
MovementsI. le haut étant fume
II. quand le monde sera reduit
III. j'ai tendu des cordes
IV. il sonne une cloche
CommissionCommissioned by Departure Duo (Nina Guo, soprano and Eddie Kass, bass)
PremiereFebruary 25, 2017; Columbia Composer’s Concert Series, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, NY; Charlotte Mundy (soprano) and Doug Balliet (double bass)
LanguageFrench
Authorized translationsTranslation by the composer
Technical requirements2 scores required for performance.
PublisherPSNY

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Program Note

I wrote this short set of pieces in a week in January 2017 when I was feeling very agitated and restless musically — stuck in the middle of a piece but frantic, like tight-knit jittering of molecules in a solid. These songs are in part a reflection of that nervous energy and in part a reminder to myself that writing music can be as much an exercise in lightness and ease of the pen as it can be one of rigorous self-reflection and scrutiny.

The texts are excerpts from Rimbaud’s Phrases, which themselves feel like excerpts or fleeting fragments amidst longer aphorisms in his weird prose-suite Les Illuminations. Their aphoristic brevity exemplifies the abstract, ambiguous, but deeply beautiful language used throughout Les Illuminations. I don’t pretend to understand the poems, but rather usurp their words and sounds to reflect this restless quality they stir in me.

– Katherine Balch

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