Cave was commissioned by the St. Louis ensemble Synchronia for a program investigating the theme of America in Y2K. The text is by Eileen Myles. It is the third piece in the last year I have been asked to write on this subject*, and I’m noticing that I know less about the meaning of the millennium, or the future in general, the more I’m asked to write pieces about it. I have, however, had several excellent conversations about souls with Ansel Elgort, who is six, while I’ve been writing this piece, so I dedicate it to him with love and thanks for his friendship.
Cave is part of my ongoing project A Book of Days. Please visit July 3rd to hear a recording.
The piece was originally made for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, keyboard (or piano and vibes), spoken voice, and electronics. There is also an optional video by Clifton Taylor.
Here is a score of the piece. I’m open to you adapting it for your ensemble; let me know what you have in mind.
I will send you all the necessary performance materials when you order the piece by clicking the paypal button below, with thanks for supporting this low-key method of publishing.
- Instrumentation: flute clarinet percussion (pitched) piano synthesizer voice (speaker) violin cello
- Ensemble Size: 2-6
- Duration: 5-12 minutes
- Electronics: Live Processing
- Video: Yes
- Project(s): A Book of Days
- Year: 2001