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You must sleep, but I must dance : for viola and percussion / by Andrew Ford.
by Andrew Ford (2010)
The title of this piece comes, via Cormac McCarthy, from the 19th-century German poet Theodor Storm. In fact, in his poem 'Hyacinths', Storm wrote, 'Ich möchte schlafen, aber du mußt tanzen', which is the other way round: 'I would sleep, but you must dance'. But it was McCarthy's inversion of it in Blood Meridian that popped into my head one morning in mid 2010 as I was pushing my baby daughter's pram through the streets in an attempt to get her to sleep. (Now that she is a toddler, it is Storm's original line that seems the more apt.)
The piece is in four connected movements, which might be thought of as 'sleep' - 'dance' - 'sleep' - 'dance', though there is no real program behind the music.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (23p. -- B4 (portrait))
Duration: 18 mins
Includes performance notes for the percussionist.
This edition produced Mar 13.
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