Black Stream (2001-2003)

“Black Stream” (2001-2003)
For String Quartet

Score

Live Recording (mp3)

– Performed Spring 2002 at Hosclaw Hall, Tucson Arizona

(Parts available upon request)

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The river is within us…
The sea has many voices,
Many gods and many voices.
The salt is on the briar rose,
The fog is in the fir trees…
And under the oppression of the silent fog
The tolling bell
Measures time not our time, rung by the unhu rried
Ground swell, a time
Older than the time of chronometers, older
Than time counted by anxious worried women
Lying awake, calculating the future,
Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,
Between midnight and dawn, when the past is all deception,
The future futureless, before the morning watch
When time stops and time is never ending;
And the ground swell, that is and was from the beginning,
Clangs
The bell.
-T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Program Note

Conceptualized as a free litany in a more objective and less romantic style, where the parts split into many, weave into one, and drown into nothing.  A brittle non-vibrato should be thought of as a starting point throughout, adding subtle colors, expressivity, and vibrato as deemed appropriate.  Based upon an old chromatic sequential sketch, composed from March 2002 through Feburary 2003  through times of travel and mourning.  …for my grandmother who helped me learn to whistle before I could speak.

Om mani padhme hung

-Jacob David Sudol
2/12/03
Tucson, Arizona