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"Winter" is extracted from the multi-movement work “Cello Songs,” commissioned by Doug Bella and David Hunt for St. Charles Singers in memory of Doris J. Hunt.
On my living room wall, I have a letterpress broadside of the poem “Cello” by Dorianne Laux. Its central image is a dead tree, fallen into the arms of a living one. As years pass, it “…rubs its fallen body / against the living, building / its dead music / making its raw mark, / wearing the tough bough down / as it moans and bends, the deep / rosined bow sound of the living / shouldering the dead.”
Todd Boss, a frequent collaborator of mine, has created a new text inspired by Dorianne’s poem specifically for this musical setting.
by Todd Boss
When a dead tree
in a living tree’s
in the glade,
the earth a little