Academic journal article Current Musicology

Erb's Text for Bab's O

Academic journal article Current Musicology

Erb's Text for Bab's O

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[via Samuel Beckett & Gertrude Stein]

All tips engaged. Not ever known when, not ever known where, mid lows, mid ways, mid highs, way high, way low, way allover ways. Each weighs just so unknown then known. Weighted here weighted there, each known so always there or here. Soft hued rounded flesh touching 'up-against' hard blanc et noir bonewood. Each and all not ever brief, each and all long and longing. All so well placed, just so connected, just so tight and staying. Every known spread not always alone, not ever expectant. Each waiting one(s) waiting for some other one or ones. Each spread way there, way here, way open with opening and waiting, unknowing, eager, wanting. Every low soft weight all warmth just grabs so enveloping all then knowns. Yet almost always never known when, even then, even where, even there. Almost all gathering knowns not always ever known. Yet all almost always never quite fully unknowns. What gets done, what gets known, joins in not ever being undone or done in. All so long lingering, just so joined, just so sound. Ranging free, intraforming, trajecting, intimately aperturating, constellating. ( )

Written on November 21, 2004 after listening to Benjamin A. Boretz's O for piano (2000), played by Michael Fowler on Open Space CD 18 and published in The OPEN SPACE magazine, 7, 2005, 148. …

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