Roger Reynolds'
Compass
Information

A setting of the poem "Compass" from El otro, el mismo (The Self and the Other). This work has not been commercially recorded; and the following information has been taken directly from Roger Reynold's Web site.

Compass (1972-73) 30'
Tenor, Bass, Vc, Db, Quadraphonic electroacoustic sound,
35mm slide projections
Text on the poem by Jorge Luis Borges
First performance: 7 March 1974
Theatre Vanguard, Los Angeles
Howard Crook, Tenor, Philip Larson, Bass,
Peter Farrell, Cello, Bertram Turetzky, Double Bass
Commissioned by the Judith S. Stark Foundation

Text

"Compass"

Every single thing becomes a word
in a language that Someone or Something, night and day,
writes down in a never-ending scribble,
which is the hiostory of the world, embracing

Rome, Carrthage, you, me, everyone,
my life, which I do not understand, this anguish
of being enigma, accident, and puzzle,
and all the discordant languages of Babel.

Behind each name lies that which has no name.
Today I felt its nameless shadow tremble
in the blue clarity of the compass needle,

whose rule extends as far as the far seas,
something like a clock glimpsed in a dream
or a bird that stirs suddenly in its sleep.

--Jorges Luis Borges
(Translated by Alastair Reid)


Other Borges-related Works by Reynolds

Voicespace III, "Eclipse" -- (1979). For voice and tape, with texts by Borges, Joyce, García Márquez, Issa, Melville, and Stevens.

Voicespace IV, "The Palace" -- (1980). For voice and pre-recorded materials; a "setting" of the poem "The Palace" from El oro de los tigres.

 


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