The perception that identical
intervallic matter could be manipulated to make anything and everything
was born in another largescale effort of this tangled time (after
Clarissa), the near-hour of the original Nursery
Rhymes (op. 33). Writing
this, I had the sense of tuning in to the ocean of normal coin-of-the-realm
musical usage for the first time.
The original was performed
the once by the wonderful Phyllis Bryn-Julson, as easy with these
robust folksy near-clichés as she was with crazed David
Del Tredici or ultra-refined Mallarmé-Boulez. For practical purposes
I split it, with some new material, into two (op. 33 a / b); and
made a third selection (op. 33c) for voice and piano.