We no longer sleep in the wind

This piece for solo double bass Paetzold explores the multidimensionality of volume; height, width, and depth, in a simultaneous relationship that moulds the transformation of timbre from the point of convergence between narrow, low, and deep until reaching the widest, highest, and superficial expression of its nature.

The title is a verse of the poem ‘The Wind Sleepers’ by Hilda Doolittle, but the composition is not directly based on or inspired by the poem. I just felt very attracted to this sentence since my research inquiries about volume are also related to the idea of dust as a natural element that has a minimal expression of mass, can fly and move freely. This is the objective of the piece, going out to the surface and escaping, leaving the voluminosity behind.

I associate the experience of sleeping to depth, but at the same time wind is movement, it is the mean to fly, then the title is a nostalgic expression for this transformational process of timbre in which it is losing volume, losing mass, but it will never disappear completely, even if it becomes something as empty or hollow to drift.

‘We no longer sleep in the wind’ was composed specially for Sylvia Hinz.

The date for the premiere (as any of our projects) is uncertain at the moment, but we keep on working in our music, waiting for better times to come.

 

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This picture was taken in early January while working on the preliminary ideas for the piece. Berlin, 2020.