Chance Encounter Blog

epigraphs from lawrence durrell

switching gears now from composition to production, setting up rehearsal schedules, tackling such lofty questions as 'what kind of music stands are best to use outdoors?' and 'where will the players leave their cases?'

also enjoying archiving the drafts and sketches, and remembering the powerful influence i felt from various writers as we first began this project a year ago. here are some quotes i underlined in lawrence durrell's alexandria quartet, which i was reading when i starting writing 'chance encounter.' an additional excerpt is on the chance page, but there are so many others! his spirit - a tenderness for humanity that found its particular poetry in public, urban life; his radical relativism (a quality that i hope i might be accused of sharing), the pace and scope of his powers of observation - these things were so inspiring to me. i realize now that his spirit permeates the whole piece. here he is:

"a city becomes a world when one loves one of its inhabitants."

"...all ideas seem equally good to me; the fact of their existence proves that someone is creating. does it matter whether they are objectively right or wrong? they could never remain so for long."

"man is only an extension of the spirit of place."

"does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us?"

"our view of reality is conditioned by our position in space and time - not by our personalities as we like to think. thus every interpretation of reality is based upon a unique position. two paces east or west and the whole picture is changed."