here’s a score of a piece for solo trombone, written for Will Lang, in honor of John Cage’s 100th birthday. you use the I Ching to come up with the notes for the piece, and you can add a super-long delay if you want to get allÂ meditational about it. I hope you enjoy it:Â and let me know if you’d like to try it on a different instrument than trombone. I think it needs to stay in the breath-producing family: brass, winds, or voice could all work.
Enough Holes was written for the French pianist Nicolas Horvath to perform on a concert of hommages to Philip Glass. The piece is a response to one that Glass wrote with Foday Musa Suso for a 1989 production of Jean Genet’s play The Screens. My piece is inspired by an error-filled computer transcription of the original recording, further edited and transformed manually. I hope it has enough holes.
THE MOTHER: Take the blanket.
LEILA (pointing to a blanket): That one?
THE MOTHER: No, not that one. It hasn’t enough holes.
THE GENDARME (to THE MOTHER): Giving her the one with the most holes?
THE MOTHER: What interests her is the holes. The more there are, the better she likes it.
Genet: The Screens (1961)