Dew, Time, Linger (2020)
For Solo Violin.
Duration: 10 min. 20 sec.
Co-commissioned by Art of Elan (San Diego, CA) and the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music (Boonville, CA) for Johnny Gandelsman.
Dew, Time, Linger is about how the pandemic sounded to me. The piece represents the few months I spent by myself in Los Angeles, when I saw people online but no one in person. The only people I could sense around me were people on the streets when I went on a walk or to the grocery store. This piece is about listening to the space where I was. All of a sudden I would hear tiny sounds from outside: the sirens, the clock, the tap dripping. Time slowed down to me, while I would ask myself when I would see my family and what is next, and where the world is going.
In my space, I visited places in my memory. My mind would travel to the places that I visited and people I love, and I would hang on these soothing memories. But then, the sounds in my environment would call me back to the present.
I see time as a fragile drop of dew, like nature’s ticking clock. It is fragile, and the pandemic made that even clearer. This tiny drop of dew reflects the whole world. You hold it, and you try to keep this little water drop and save it, but it melts down and evaporates -- it is already in the past.
Released on July 1, 2022, by Johnny Gandelsman
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