Hands and Lips of Wind

Hands and Lips of Wind

[performed live by the Diagenesis Duo]
instrumentation :  soprano + cello

2010
duration :  9’45”
text :  Octavio Paz
commissioned by the Diagenesis Duo (Heather Barnes and Jennifer Bewerse)
premiere :  5.11.11 by the Diagenesis Duo | Helena

Movements:
I. Nightfall
II. In the Lodi Gardens
III. Exclamación
IV. Con Los Ojos Cerrados
V. Madrugada al Raso/Daybreak

        Octavio Paz' poems often display enormously evocative imagery contained in few words. I wanted to bring that spirit to my setting of the five poems in this piece. In particular, these poems move effortlessly between images of light and darkness, motion and stillness. These ideas are potentially very musical. My settings approach the poems as complete entities, emphasizing the prevailing affect of each poem.