• Du Yun
  • Tattooed in Snow (2015)

  • Channel Du Yun Publishing (World)

Commissioned by the PEAK Performances

  • 2vn, va, vc
  • 17 min

Programme Note

Composer note
Tattooed in Snow explores the temporary and fragile crystallization in nature and in space. The four players of the quartet form the four pillars of a musical space, and as a chant begins to move among theme, it layers, repeats and takes shape in the manner of a sculpture in sand or snow. Inspired by these delicate art forms as well as by chant and poetry, and building on my work with both visual artists and spoken-word artists, this piece provides a nuanced multilayered narrative trajectory.

Our final days sunk
from the sky to the salty main.
That moment will never return which once has been

— Du Yun