23 May bone-flower
soprano, bass clarinet, viola, accordion and percussion [7’] 1995.
Premiere: Dana Hanchard soprano, Michael Lowenstern bass clarinet, Mark Zaki viola, Guy Klucevsek accordion, and Danny Tunick percussion. Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, March 1996.
“The systems they learn are nothing but skeletons to them…”
—John Ruskin, Arrows of the Chace (1880)
Ruskin’s words suggest that rigorous formulae, valuable as a starting point, may be overwhelmed by the vigor of life itself.
bone-flower takes its name from a dialect word for daisy, a humble bright flower growing on the bones of the dead.
Soon we’ll all be pushing up the daisies.