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The Diamond

The Diamond

for violin and piano


  • Instrumentation: violin and piano
  • Edition: score and part
  • Order No.: ED 30262
£61.00
Weight: 0.18 kg
Not in stock, but can be ordered - usually despatched within 7 days
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Description
In The Diamond Sutra, an early Buddhist text also known as The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion, the Buddha leads his interlocutor, the Elder Subhuti, through a series of questions and provocations. The Buddha then concludes the session by offering this teaching to those assembled: All composed things are like a dream, a phantom, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning. That is how to meditate on them; that is how to observe them. This duo piece is in four sections, corresponding roughly to these four disparate visions of impermanence: four distinct moments of interplay between form and emptiness, four corners of a diamond. This series of images is itself a “composed thing,” gathering dissimilar elements into a unified system. It suggests that the things we make are similar to things that exist beyond intention. The Buddha’s utterance helps us hear so-called “composition” and “improvisation” – or the encompassing category, “music” – as part of an even larger aggregate: that which forms and recedes. – Vijay Iyer
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Arco Collaborative, Inc. with the generous support of Augusta Gross and Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting
Binding: Saddle stitching
Content text: A Dream
A Phantom
A Drop of Dew
A Flash of Lightning
ISBN: 978-1-540-03496-0
ISMN: 979-0-60001-291-6
Performance duration: 13' 0"
Publisher: Schott Garden Music, New York
UPC: 888680790998
Year of composition: 2018
page number: 44
performances
2018-03-31 | New York, NY (United States of America), National Sawdust | World Premiere
In The Diamond Sutra, an early Buddhist text also known as The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion, the Buddha leads his interlocutor, the Elder Subhuti, through a series of questions and provocations. The Buddha then concludes the session by offering this teaching to those assembled: All composed things are like a dream, a phantom, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning. That is how to meditate on them; that is how to observe them. This duo piece is in four sections, corresponding roughly to these four disparate visions of impermanence: four distinct moments of interplay between form and emptiness, four corners of a diamond. This series of images is itself a “composed thing,” gathering dissimilar elements into a unified system. It suggests that the things we make are similar to things that exist beyond intention. The Buddha’s utterance helps us hear so-called “composition” and “improvisation” – or the encompassing category, “music” – as part of an even larger aggregate: that which forms and recedes. – Vijay Iyer
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Arco Collaborative, Inc. with the generous support of Augusta Gross and Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting
Binding: Saddle stitching
Content text: A Dream
A Phantom
A Drop of Dew
A Flash of Lightning
ISBN: 978-1-540-03496-0
ISMN: 979-0-60001-291-6
Performance duration: 13' 0"
Publisher: Schott Garden Music, New York
UPC: 888680790998
Year of composition: 2018
page number: 44
2018-03-31 | New York, NY (United States of America), National Sawdust | World Premiere