for solo soprano (2013)
f.p. Irene Kurka, Klangraum, Düsseldorf, 27th August 2013
Asked for a piece on the subject of Prayer, I thought of Henry Vaughan’s definition, from The Morning-watch (from Silex Scintillans, 1650) :
The World in tune,
And vocall joys
Whose Eccho is heav’ns blisse.
The idea of ‘tuning oneself in’ also occurs in the lines from Pessoa that are incorporated into the piece:
May this always be my life:
The day bright with sunshine or mild with rain,
Or stormy as if the world would drown…
To feel life flowing through me like a river over its bed,
And outside a great silence, like a sleeping god.
The piece exclusively uses intervals formed between some of the first eleven partials of the harmonic series, and so performs its own kind of tuning-in.
Recorded by Irene Kurka on Beten (Edition Wandelweiser Records, 2015)