The World in tune James Weeks

The World in tune cover
Duration
7 mins
Composed
2013
Published
2013
Categories

Voice, unaccompanied Solo voice

Instrumentation
1 Soprano

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Programme note

Commissioned by Irene Kurka.

Asked for a piece on the subject of Prayer, I thought of Henry Vaughan’s definition, from The Morning-watch (from Silex Scintillans, 1650) :

Prayer is
The World in tune,
A spirit-voyce,
And vocall joys
Whose Eccho is heav’ns blisse.

The idea of ‘tuning oneself in’ also occurs in the lines from Pessoa that are incorporated into the piece:

May this always be my life:
The day bright with sunshine or mild with rain,
Or stormy as if the world would drown…

To feel life flowing through me like a river over its bed,
And outside a great silence, like a sleeping god.

The piece exclusively uses intervals formed between some of the first eleven partials of the harmonic series, and so performs its own kind of tuning-in.

Premiere
Irene Kurka, Klangraum, Düsseldorf, 27th August 2013
Performances
  • 10 Oct 2016 |

    Onomato, Düsseldorf

    |

    Irene Kurka (soprano)

  • 24 Jan 2016 |

    Matthäuskirche, Berlin

    |

    Irene Kurka (soprano)

Recordings