Commissioned by Radio France

  • cl/pf
  • Soprano; fl/pf
  • Soprano
  • 12 min
  • Edmond Jabès and Giacinto Scelsi

Programme Note

Darkness generates darkness.
Darkness rises up against darkness.
Edmond Jabès, L'auberge du sommeil

If one understands eternity not as an infinite temporal duration but rather as timelessness, then he who lives in the present lives in eternity.
L. Wittgenstein, Tractatus logico-philosophicus

A world to gain, perhaps, that is inside me - a world, but not me. And nothing to lose, only our illusions, only the crazy maze of our dreams. The truth is an open sky. Narcissus is a fool, Icarus flies away.
Andr‚ Comte-Sponville, Le mythe d'Icare

* B flat 1, 2, 6, 7, E flat or B flat 3, A 4, 5

Gualtiero DAZZI


The texts of the lieder

(E.J. = Edmond Jabès, G.S. = Giacinto Scelsi)

1. I am the hostage of a word which is itself the hostage of silence. E.J.

2. Only note
your presence
joyous star
only call
from a world of love

3. A spark of love is enough to light up our night. E.J.
The slightest glimmer is a touch of the universe. E.J.

4. Eternity is behind time.

Time lengthens
between two worlds

5. I was spared time. I would have been my own dream. E.J.

6. Desert
beach of the origins
on which the sky falls down
like a challenge.

7. ... fearful lest a cry should spring at dawn. G.S.