Image by Anastasiya Dalenka

HAZEL

2022

(Saxophone quartet) 9'30

Premiere by ~Nois at the Bang on a Can Long Play Festival, April 29 – May 1, 2022 in New York

Programme note

Lost in the Forest

 

Lost in the forest, I broke off a dark twig
and lifted its whisper to my thirsty lips:
maybe it was the voice of the rain crying,
a cracked bell, or a torn heart.

Something from far off it seemed
deep and secret to me, hidden by the earth,
a shout muffled by huge autumns,
by the moist half-open darkness of the leaves.

Wakening from the dreaming forest there, the hazel-sprig
sang under my tongue, its drifting fragrance
climbed up through my conscious mind

as if suddenly the roots I had left behind
cried out to me, the land I had lost with my childhood–
and I stopped, wounded by the wandering scent.

 

        – Pablo Neruda

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