I Remember Bob

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This piece was written especially for a celebration of the work and interests of writer / musicologist / performer Bob Gilmore. It was composed for myself, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and Michelle O’Rourke to perform.The three of us sang for Bob for his 50th birthday. This piece is a simple song for him after his passing.

The title refers to Alvin Lucier’s I remember, a text score that Bob invited myself and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly to perform with Trio Scordatura on a couple of occasions. In this piece, the performers sing into resonant vessels and freely interpolate spoken statements – each statement a memory personal to each performer, beginning “I remember…”.

The text sung at the very end of this piece is a quotation from The Intruder by Li Po, a poem set to music by Harry Partch: “O wind of Spring, you are a stranger”.

Garrett Sholdice, Dublin, February 2016

Instrumentation: voice, synthesizer, piano
Duration: circa 5′
Date of composition: 2016
Commissioned by:
First Performance: The World According to Bob: A Night of Irish Music, Cafe OTO, London, 2 March 2016.
Score: Please email orders@ergodos.ie to obtain the latest score.