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perc(2): t.bells / 5 tpl.bl / shekere / BD – strings (8.6.4.4.2)

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Programme Notes

Monolith: I Extend My Arms

 

A rock-like strata of canons; Monolith: I Extend My Arms came to me as a vision of layered, cyclical material for a large body of strings. Simultaneously dense and translucent, I saw the sound as a cloud-shaped body of rock descending gently and very slowly, like an enormous feather, from sky to earth.

 

The exterior - sometimes vast and granite-like with quartz sparkles, sometimes opaque and web-like, drifting and coalescing - is highlighted and accentuated by percussion: bells and bass drum. Internal rhythms gradually work their way out from deep within, finally bubbling up and dancing across the rock’s surface.

 

Claude Cahun’s black and white photograph I Extend My Arms (c.1930) - a pair of arms emerging from inside a stone monolith - perfectly fits the essence of my own work: monolithic but open and/or protective; an idea of divine masculinity.

 

The ancient rock in Cahun’s photograph evokes the chthonic, essential, primal non-gendered self that Cahun’s many self portrait images express. “Masculine? Feminine?” Cahun wrote in her book “Aveux non Avenus,” published in English as “Disavowals.” “It depends on the situation. Neuter is the only gender that always suits me.”

 

Tansy Davies

 

Monolith: I Extend My Arms

Snape Maltings Concert Hall (Snape, Suffolk, United Kingdom)

Britten Sinfonia, Matilda Lloyd, Sîan Edwards

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Monolith: I Extend My Arms

WP of Davies work and Woolrich work

Snape Maltings Concert Hall (Snape, Suffolk, United Kingdom)

Britten Sinfonia, Matilda Lloyd, Sîan Edwards

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