…going back to the skies

Some words that I had nearby while writing this piece (cour­tesy of Roger Deakin, C.D. Wright, Seamus Heaney and Friedrich Dürrenmatt):

Daydreaming has been my making and my un­doing —
like having a light at your back you can’t see but can still feel.

Since when,’ he asked,
‘Are the first and last line of any poem
where the poem be­gins and ends?’

Nur noch die Geige Einsteins ist zu hören.

The title is taken from a state­ment made by John Cage shortly be­fore his death, in an in­ter­view with Charles Amirkhanian:

We live in a time I think not of main­stream but of many streams or even, if you in­sist on a river of time, that we have come to delta, maybe even beyond delta to an ocean which is going back to the skies.

Written for Trio Atem, …going back to the skies had its first per­form­ance in a ‘beat the rush hour’ con­cert on February 26 2010 in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall at the University of Manchester. The con­cert fea­tured sev­eral new works by Manchester-based com­posers com­mis­sioned for the occasion.

A re­vised ver­sion of this work was premiered by Trio Atem at King’s Place on Monday, 4 April 2011.

  • Instrumentation

    • Bass Flute
    • Mezzo-Soprano
    • Cello
  • Details

    • Duration: 8′
    • First performance: 26 February 2010, Trio Atem, University of Manchester
    • Revision: 4 April 2011, Trio Atem, Kings Place, London
  • Audio