• Rebecca Saunders
  • Wound (2022)
    (for solo ensemble and orchestra)

  • Henry Litolff’s Verlag GmbH & Co. KG (World)
  • ob,bcl(cl),tpt,tbn,perc,2pf,egtr,vn,va,vc,5strdb + 2(2pic).2.3(III:cbcl).2(II:contrafort)/
  • Oboe, Bass Clarinet/Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Piano, Piano, Electric Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, 5 String Double Bass
  • 38 min

Programme Note

wound /wuːnd/ 
noun     1. an injury to an organism, usu. involving division of tissue or rupture of the integument or
             mucous membrane, due to external violence or some mechanical agency rather than disease.
             2. an injury or hurt to feelings, sensibilities, reputation, etc. 
verb     to inflict a wound upon (someone or something); injure; hurt. 
            [Pre-10C: OE wund; O.Frisian wunde; OG wunta; ON und; Goth. wunds]

Cut, tear, break, rip open, pierce the skin or flesh; mortify, grieve, offend. Of violence, disfigured and defaced.

A lesion ingrained on the skin - marred, a mark of difference.

The imperfect surface, frayed edges, cracks in the veneer.

The implication of vunerability: the exquisite fragility and imperfection that makes us human.

Silence is the canvas on which the weight of sound leaves its mark. 
Sound rips open the surface of silence, or peels back its skin, zooms in, and falls into the netherworld, seeking that which lies within.

" This corporal revenge. A genuine, concerted and systematic undoing of grace. Every promise discovered too late to be a fucking lie told badly. The promise of intimacy and the promise of beauty ripped away to reveal a gawping, hyperreal brute…

Every follicle a valve or a thin brass pipe in some vast, breathing instrument….

I wanted to speak of a cursive comprised of a single, sweeping line - written in skin, on skin and under skin; a line of dead, tinted, coiled skin, drawn on to the most sensitive ground. Held in place in raw, dermite proximity.”
Air for Concrete, A primer for Cadavers by the British artist Ed Atkins

Rebecca Saunders, Augsut 2022