The Desert Music (Reich 80)


Steve Reich (3 ottobre 1936): The Desert Music per voci soliste, coro e orchestra (1984) su testi di William Carlos Williams. MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, dir. Kristjan Järvi.

I. fast (da Theocritus: Idyl I – A version from the Greek)
Begin, my friend
 for you cannot,
  you may be sure,
take your song,
 which drives all things out of mind,
  with you to the other world.

II. moderate (da The Orchestra)
  Well, shall we
think or listen? Is there a sound addressed
 not wholly to the ear?
  We half close
our eyes. We do not
 hear it through our eyes.
  It is not
a flute note either, it is the relation
 of a flute note
  to a drum. I am wide
awake. The mind
 is listening.

IIIA. slow (da The Orchestra)
Say to them:
Man has survived hitherto because he was too ignorant to know how to realize his wishes. Not that he can realize them, he must either change them or perish.

IIIB. moderate (da The Orchestra)
  It is a principle of music
to repeat the them. Repeat
 and repeat again,
  as the pace mounts. The
theme is difficult
 but no more difficult
  than the facts to be
resolved.

IIIC. slow (da The Orchestra)
Say to them:
Man has survived hitherto because he was too ignorant to know how to realize his wishes. Not that he can realize them, he must either change them or perish.

IV. moderate (da The Orchestra)
  Well, shall we
think or listen? Is there a sound addressed
 not wholly to the ear
  We half close
our eyes. We do not
 hear it through our eyes.
  It is not
a flute not either, it is the relation
 of a flute note
  to a drum. I am wide
awake. The mind
 is listening.

V. fast (da Asphodel, That Greeny Flower)
Inseperable from the fire
 its light
  takes precedence over it.
Who most shall advance the light –
 call it what you may!


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3 pensieri su “The Desert Music (Reich 80)

  1. Grande grande Steve Reich.
    Ho ascoltato attentamente e con piacere questo suo lavoro molto interessante che conoscevo e… il fulcro del suo “messaggio” è in questi versi, secondo me.
    “Inseperable from the fire
     its light
      takes precedence over it.
    Who most shall advance the light –
     call it what you may!”

    Grazie, Claudio. Bello è entrare qui.
    🙂
    gb

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