Composition class in discussion Computer orchestra vs. wood& strings held in warm hands. 88 factorial 88x87x86x85... Yo Yo Ma watches quiet No comment Math discussion between the guitarist, trombonist, and pianist Permutations. Or combinations. Infinity? No, it's finite, but... Maybe you should lengthen the cello part. Stretch it, draw it out. Pull it slowly lower, warmer. We could discuss cloning. Cloning of sheep? Yes, but never of cellists. Watch yourself grow old. I'm not as successful or happy as my clone.Why not? Such deep discussion from students... 17, 18 year olds. Will they stop caring soon? As did their brothers? Sister? "Yes, we're both having a hard time right now" She said the pain was real She said she couldn't stop the path of the knife over her smooth thin flesh And she, too, is a musician Why? Where does the music come from? Where does it go? Does it slowly run out with the dark blood? If the composers cut themselves, would they lose their inspiration? But there is music in blood. Sweet music. Mournful. Wistful music. Music of loss and love. Cello music that haunts. My all black Hamlet of a composer. He, too, cuts himself. He draws the music from his wrist. Do they hear the music of the sighing stars or of the bitter dawn? Where do we go? Do we feed the cosmic music or change the key? Where do we come from? Where do we go? Where does it go?
24 February 1997