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The string quartet is inspired by a poem by Mervyn Peake:
’Is there no Love can Link us?’
Is there no thread to bind us – I and he
Who is dying now, this instant as I write
And may be cold before this line's complete?
And is there no power to link us – I and she
Across whose body the loud roof is falling?
Or the child, whose blackening skin
Blossoms with hideous roses in the smoke?
Is there no love can link us – I and they?
Only this hectic moment? This fierce instant
Its universal, its uneven blow?
There is no other link. Only this sliding
Second we share: this desperate edge of now.
Created with financial support from Creative New Zealand
08 Feb 2008: Ensemble Ruspoli