ENS.2006.6 | 3′
Lyrics by Saul Wheeler
Soprano & Marimba
II. Anger Inaction
Although Saul and I had not worked together in some time, over the past several years he had sent me various poems and things he had written for fun, and I chose two of these to set as a kind of gift to him. To emphasize the oddity of the lyrics, I chose a countertenorâ€”a male sopranoâ€”to declaim his texts (although it can also be performed by a soprano). Accompanied originally by cellos, I later made a (much better) version for marimba.
When I asked him for titles he came up with â€œArguileâ€ and â€œAnger Inactionâ€. I have no idea what relation they have to the texts or what they even mean. Not that it matters. Iâ€™m not even sure â€œarguileâ€ is a word, though you must have a lot of guile to wear argyle.