Tattooed in Snow (2015)

for string quartet.
Duration: ca 17 mins

About the Work

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

First Performance:
February 8th, 2015 by the Shanghai Quartet
Alexander Kasser Theater, Peak Performances. Montclair
Tattooed in Snow was commissioned by PEAK Performances for the Shanghai Quartet.


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