Things you don’t yet know you feel
I based Things you don’t yet know you feel on mood rings and invited poet Georgie Lorimer to create the text. I used the first and last stanza of her poem:
Let me hold you, love, like love holds disease,
breathing the essence of one another,
like a lover taking you in their arms
calming fears you don’t yet know you feel.
Years after, I found that small black disc
silent as remembrance and cold with sleep.
I squeezed it in my palm for that fleeting glimpse
of fear and passion before the lights went
I treated the ensemble as a hybrid instrument, hiding the meaning of the words. Towards the end, when the singer has shifted away from the quartet and found their own voice, the quartet unravels. The piece has modal influences and became a guardian to me when writing.
Patricia Auchterlonie (soprano), Clarice Rarity (violin), Christine Cornwall (violin), Katherine Clarke (viola) and Cecilia Bignall (cello)
12/01/20 Eton College Chapel, Windsor
09/11/19 Emmanuel College, Cambridge UK
07/11/19 University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield
04/11/19 St Michael’s Church, Oxford
12/10/19 Birmingham Centrala, Birmingham
WP: 05/09/19 International Conference on Women’s Work in Music, Bangor Wales