My Imagination

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See(-)through me

… see-through…

… my imagination…

These are the only lyrics I can make out on the song See-Through from Arthur Russell’s 1986 album World of Echo – a beautiful, slow-burning, intensely intimate work. It’s as if he sings to himself, his light, floating tenor and impressionistic cello-playing part of some private corporeal ritual. In fact, Kyle Gann commented, following Russell death in 1992 (at the age of 40), that it seemed as if he had ‘vanished into his music’.

This piece sets these simple, yet charged fragments in a new song for singing cellist Laura Moody. Laura is a performer I admire immensely. Her work is infused with a kind of ‘total’ musicality – voice, cello, heart and head as one.

As with much of my recent work, there is palimpsest here, homage, and a sense of tapping into the Akashic records… But it’s also about a certain kind of personal repose.

Subtitle: A song for Laura Moody
Instrumentation: singing cellist
Duration: circa 8′
Date of composition: 2012
Commissioned by Laura Moody with funds provided by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
First Performance: Ergodos presents Laura Moody, The Grand Social, Lower Liffey St., Dublin 1, 8 May 2012
Score: Please email to obtain the latest score.