The Corrosive Effects of Desire

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for string quartet (2019)

Composer: frederickrawski
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Performed by invoke string quartet on 16 February 2019 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier [Nick Montopoli, Violin; Zachariah Matteson, Violin; Karl Mitze, Viola; Geoff Manyin, Cello].

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string quartet

Program Notes

The Corrosive Effects of Desire is a two-movement work for string quartet.  Conceptually, it is inspired by two quotes from the Buddhist philosopher Nāgārjuna (c. 150 – c. 250 CE) that explore the nature of desire.
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First Movement
If half this ended, and half did not,
I would both end and never end,
Leaving half the grasper,
Dead and half undead,
Half the grasped destroyed,
Half undestroyed.

Second Movement

I may believe that objects of the senses,
Are the foundations of desire,
But they are like invisible cities,
Mirages and dreams.

[from the translation by Stephen Batchelor, Verses from the Center, Riverhead Books, New York (2000), used with permission]

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