Diptych for 'cello and electronics
Gaseous elements coalesce
forming superheated and
around which particles orbit
and through eons of accretion
accumulate into spheres
as life goes by countless times
and ocean waves wear away and
dissolve solid earth to amass sands
from which are constructed pavements
and sidewalks worn down and crumbled
by comminution from weather and soles
to powder and dust and to return
washed back to the sea
once again for the thousandth time...
Movement I. comminution/dissolution
Movement II. accretion/coalescence
Diptych is a two-movement composition for violoncello and live electronics. Thematically and sonically, it demonstrates the processes of things falling apart (comminution/dissolution) and of things coming together (accretion/coalescence). It juxtaposes these two seemingly polar actions, and considers both abstractly and concretely as direct illustrations for human kind’s relationship with Nature and our inclusion in its ever-winding thread: the evolution of our universe; the begetting of life on our planet; the subtle or violent atomic gesticulations of chemical reactions; civilizations, cultures, and societies as fluid entities; the current state of the Earth globally amidst a pandemic, political/social turmoil, and the climate crisis, as well as locally through human interactions within our communities.
Just as a beach is made up of a multitude of minute particles, our actions, however small they may seem on the surface, are deeply connected to the change in our communities, around our planet, and throughout our universe.
(Diptych was premiered by INTERFERENCE new music collective on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7:30pm, at the Katzen Art Gallery in Washington, DC. Nancy Jo Snider, violoncello and Antonio Forte, live electronics.)