... of waters making moan

Solo for Accordion

Playing Score(s)


First performed 26 April 2013, Herkulessaal, Munich, by Teo Anzellotti

Commissioned by musica viva des Bayerischen Rundfunks

…of waters making moan is an exploration of a specific physical gesture and fragment of sound. In its purest form, this elemental sonic gesture traces the opening and closing of the bellows, drawing out a thread of sound from beneath the surface of silence; fragments, breaths, continuous, neverending, surfacing and disappearing.

Feeling the weight of the sound is an integral part of the composing process. The essential materiality of sound is, for me, of primary importance – being aware of the grit and noise of an instrument, tracing the essence of fragments of colour within a confined and reduced palette of timbres, and exploring the physical gesture which creates a fragment of sound.

It is also a melody, albeit elongated and veiled.

I came across a recording of James Joyce reading one of his early poems; beautiful and simple, almost sung, relishing each onomatopoeic inflection. This poem partly accompanied the composing process and is written here to illuminate certain ideas which accompanied the solo’s development.


All day I hear the noise of waters

Making moan,

Sad as the sea-bird is when, going

Forth alone,

He hears the winds cry to the water’s



The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing

Where I go,

I hear the noise of many waters

Far below.

All day, all night, I hear them flowing

To and fro

[James Joyce, 1907, the 35th of 36 poems in his first publication, entitled Chamber Music]




Additional Information

Item Number: EP12800
ISMN: 9790014119843
Format: 297 x 420 mm
Instrumentation: Solo Accordion


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