Aside:

After the last time we met, the singers asked Ian to record the texts as the basis for their interpretation. I met Ian this morning in the appropriate location of Huddersfield railway station and he recorded these texts, which I’m in the process of setting.

The first one is called Bow Tie, and is for two singers – we imagined a female voice singing the lines in italics, and a male voice – a tenor  – singing the other lines. It’s partly about our slight discomfort with the trappings of opera – as a ‘posh’ artform.

BOW TIE

 

Tricky, those

Dicky bows

To tie

 

I would stand by the bedroom door and watch him

 

Round your throat

A bow-tie

The tight lie

 

I would stand by the bedroom door and watch him

I would stand at the door and see him struggling

 

Fussy, those

Bow ties

To fasten

 

I would stand at the bedroom door and imagine

Posh folk in suits and frocks talking too loud

 

Over and across 

In a mirror

Wrong way round

 

I would stand at the bedroom door and imagine

Voices strangled in the clinking light of glasses

 

Face knitted

Concentrating

Veins like drainpipes

 

I would stand at the bedroom door and imagine

Arias of braying nobodies saying nothing loudly

 

 Neck wrapped

 In black

Punctuation

 

I would stand at the bedroom door and watch him

Neck wrapped in black punctuation

 
…and here’s Ian reading it
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