Live audio and video recording by Merryl Monard (alto flute) and Leo Singer (cello).
I desired my dust to be mingled with yours
Forever and forever and forever.
from The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter by Li Bai (Ezra Pound trans.)
My composition takes inspiration from the poetics of this line, and from the fragmentary yet profound nature of Ezra Pound's imagism. Gestures of longing are passed from flute to cello and vice versa, creating tension and release along a spectrum between gestures that feel more and less idiomatic respective each instrument, and depicting the passionate exchange of two tragic lovers. Using an alternate tuning for the cello and several coloristic effects for the flute, microtonal textures evoke a mingling of finely-grained "dust."