of silence into silence : for soprano and percussion
by Chris Williams (2009)
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Library shelf no. 783.66542/WIL 4 [Available for loan]
of silence into silence is a setting of the poem 'Dream'
by Judith Wright. The poem details a mystical search for a
never-explicit salvation. In the allegorical world of the poem,
this salvation takes the form of a timeless, eternal rose,
"unsought." It is the poet's final observation of the rose that
brings about the most profound insight; this salvation grows "out
of silence into silence." It is ineffable.
Throughout the poem, images appear in groups of three and this trinity manifests itself in other significant ways. Structurally and thematically I have used combinations and constructions of three to reflect this. Silence also plays a crucial role in the sound-world of the piece, allowing breathing space and resonance to feature, as a way of approaching the timeless, dream-like quality of the poem.
In the final paragraph, we are invited into the Dream, finally in the immediate present. The narration shifts and we confront the night, no longer "strange," but as an initiate, to discover the unsought rose. With a deeply subtle use of "almost repetition" the images of sacrifice and yearning dissipate into an eternal present.
Instrumentation: Soprano, percussion.
Duration: 6 min.
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