How Like Pellucid States, Daddy




For bassoon quartet
2-8 players



2-8 players


For bassoon quartet


4 minutes

commissioned by


New York Bassoon Quartet; Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY, for WNYC-FM Radio's 50th Anniversary (June 13, 1994)

Program note

In reading John Ashbery’s poem, No Longer Very Clear, I was struck by the contrasting imagery in the adjacent phrases “How like pellucid statues, Daddy, Or like a…engine.” The frozen translucent statues seemed to me to be a marvelous foil for the pulsating hot energy of an engine – both images, as seen through the eyes of a child, readily evoked musical ideas. The unique sound of double reeds seemed at once to be the right choice, and fulfilled a desire I have always had to write for multiple bassoons. The work utilizes row techniques, and is in two parts – the first a picture of the frozen pellucid statues, and the second, an aural portrait of the energy and acceleration inherent in the words “an engine.”

– John Corigliano

No items found.


Now and Then: The New York Bassoon Quartet

Read More