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Liberatore, John: a tree-sprout, a nameless weed 



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    a tree-sprout, a nameless weed
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    "tree-sprout, a nameless weed" is a string quartet in four small parts. The first movement is an adaptation of a duet I wrote in 2011 for violin and viola based on a heavily disguised motive of J. S. Bach. Following this comes a manically capricious hocket that dissipates into a motionless but tender third movement. The piece then lurches into an explosive finale—a brief and desperate outburst of tangled lines and incomplete thoughts.

    The title comes from Margaret Atwood’s seven-poem cycle, "Progressive Insanities of a Pioneer." The poems chronicle an unnamed protagonist’s efforts to assert order into disorder, and to draw meaning and affirmation out of an indifferent landscape. In the second poem, Atwood describes his futile attempt to coax seedlings out of the tilled soil:

    “He asserted
    into the furrows, I
    am not random.
    The ground
    replied with aphorisms:

    a tree-sprout, a nameless
    weed, words
    he couldn't understand.”

    The piece was written for the Mivos Quartet and dedicated to the ensemble, first performed at the VIPA Festival in Valencia. Mivos recorded the piece in 2017 for Albany Records.




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