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Aperture Duo

08/22/2023

7 PM @ Monk Space

Obbligato String Music No 1: Allegretto in G Minor* (2023)

Thomas Kotcheff 

Viola Joke (2013/14)

Alex Temple 

La Malinconia (1980)

Salvatore Sciarrino 

​--- Intermission ---

Murder Ballads Volume I : Sister Sister* (2023)

1. O Death

2. Edward

3. Twa Sisters

4. Ghost Gun

Jessie Marino

To Be Two (2021)

Leilehua Lanzilotti

*Aperture Duo commission and premiere

O Death
O Death, O Death
How can it be?
That he must go
Along with thee
All passersby
Could clearly see
Your cruelty shown
Through a bended knee


O Death, O Death
How can it be?
Protect and Serve
Has mocked his plea
Your cold blue hands
Choke destiny
One final breath
For Eternity

 

Edward
Oh forgive me my love so dear
You shall not bear the hurt I have caused
You’ll never love what I have become
What have I done?
Oh my dearest, tell me what is it you fear?
I no longer recognize this side of you
Shaking like a leaf, tell me what you’ve done?
What have you done?


Edward, Tis no more
Edward, foresaken
Edward, thy brother
Edward, foresaken


How come that blood on your shirt sleeve?
Oh Love, tell it on me
How come that blood on your shirt sleeve?
Dear Love, tell it on me


Oh it is the blood of the old grey mare
Who has plowed the fields for me

Oh it is the blood of the old grey hound
Who has chased the fox for me

How come that blood on your shift sleeve?
Oh Love, tell it on me

It looks too pale for the old grey hound
Oh love, tell it on me


Oh it is the blood of my poor brother
Who has always enraged me
I will set my foot onto yonder ship
And sail across the sea


And when will you be back my love
Oh please, tell it on me
And when will you be back my love
Oh please, tell it on me
I must sail away from my grief and shame
Which will surely haunt my dreams
And I sh
an’t return to your arms my love
Fair thee well and forget me

Twa Sisters
Early one morning in the month of May
O, the wind and rain
Two sisters went a-fishin' on that foul day
O wind and rain


Two sweet sisters, side by side
O, the wind and rain
Both of them knew soon Johnny’d be by
the dreadful wind and rain


Johnny gave the young one a golden ring
O, the wind and rain
Didn't give the older one anything
the horrid wind and rain


Johnny took the sisters by the water's brim
O, the wind and rain
Johnny turned cruel shoved the older one in
Cryin' the wind and rain


He shoved her in that river to drown
O, the wind and rain
The younger jumped in to bring her back a-round
But the river consumed their dressing gowns
O wind and rain

O the dreadful wind and rain


Sometimes they sank, sometimes they swam
O, the wind and rain
They floated on down to the miller's dam
Dreadful wind and rain


The miller ran for his driftin' hook
O, the wind and rain
And plucked the sisters from the brook
Cryin' the wind and rain


He laid them on the bank to dry
O, the wind and rain
A gentle Hexe came walkin' by
O the wind and rain


She saw the sisters lyin' there
O, the wind and rain
She wove thick strands of their lifeless hair
O wind and rain


She made a bow of their golden manes
O, the wind and rain
She made the pegs of their toes and hands (haynds)
Endless wind and rain


She made a bridge of a broken nose
O, the wind and rain
A fiddle was born from their flesh and bones
The dreadful wind and rain


And the only tune that fiddle would play
O, the wind and rain
Scribed the truth of that dreadful day
Cryin' the dreadful wind and rain was


Twas Johnny tried to drive a wedge
O, the wind and rain
He pushed fair sis’ to the waters edge
Cryin' the dreadful wind and rain


But he knows not our sacred bond
O, the wind and rain
Our voices tied in everlasting song
The dreadful wind and rain

Sometimes they sank sometimes they swam
O the wind and rain
They floated through eternal damn
O the wind and rain


They tracked him down, he was fast a-sleep
O the wind and rain
Their song pierced Johnny till he did weep
O the wind and rain


The phantom fiddle played on and on
O the wind and rain
Johnny was the only one, heard their song
O the wind and rain


The song spoke of the sisters pain
O the wind and rain
they’d never let Johnny have silence again
O the wind and rain


He heard their song in a babbling creek
Oh the wind and rain
He heard their song in the tall tree leaves
O the wind and rain


He heard their song as the sun swam up
O the wind and rain
He heard their song as the sun sunk down
O the wind and rain


He heard their song in the fields of grain
O the wind and rain
He heard their song in the wind and the rain
O the dreadful wind and rain
O the dreadful wind and rain

Ghost Gun
Stoop down my thoughts that used to rise
Converse a while with death
Mad men let loose upon our kin
With wreckage on their breath


Think how a gasping child must hide beneath a classroom desk
These walls of learning now become a place of final rest.

Endless cycle on repeat
Endless cycle on repeat
Oh why does no one stop this heat
Endless cycle on repeat
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In the parking lot
No connection
Custody battle
Became enraged
Ghost Gun


Basketball game
Escorted out in staggered fashion
On going dispute
Outside fraternity house
Targeted separate locations
Ghost Gun


Near the end
In the chest
Reckless endangerment
Found later that night in a bush
Ghost Gun


Five men - random act - Fatal injury - Unlawful possession
Wife in school parking lot
19 year old - 16 year old - 12 year old - 8 year old
Two six year olds
Ex-girlfriend and her sister
Open Fire - Open Fire
Did not know the weapon was loaded
Ghost Gun


Unholstered weapon
Accidentally discharged
During a lunch hour
Drive by
8 year old girl
Open Fire
Estranged wife
Open Fire
Homecoming celebration
Near the concession stand
Ghost Gun

Open Fire
Vehicle
Masked
Twice in the chest
Fight breaks out
Open Fire
239 shots fired
Indiscriminately
Ghost Gun


Following graduation
Former elementary school
Open Fire
Football scrimmage
Basketball rivals
Ghost Gun


Ghost Gun
Ghost Gun
Ghost Gun
Turn their legislation against them.
Turn their weapons against them
Turn their precious guns against them
This.
Means.
War.

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