A veil barely seen

Frances White

About this work:
Chapter 6 of the Tao Te Ching is about the Valley Spirit, an eternal female element associated with water. In a poetic translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English, she is compared to "a veil barely seen". I recorded the sound of water for this piece in the winter and early spring of 2000. Listening to the different streams, I felt myself pulled in by the sound. The water flows between, around, and through the rocks, and as it does, it produces different pitches and rhythms. They change in subtle ways, depending on where you stand. The longer I listened, the more I began to hear. But sometimes, I could not tell whether the pitches that I heard were really there, or were only sounding in my imagination. Finally, I felt myself disappearing into the water. A veil barely seen was commissioned by, and is dedicated to, Liuh-Wen Ting.
Year composed: 2000
Duration: 00:13:00
Ensemble type: Solo instrument, non-keyboard:Viola
Instrumentation: 1 Viola, 1 Prerecorded Sound (Tape/CD/Other)
Instrumentation notes: This piece includes an electronic part that is played back on CD.

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