the space in which to see — french horn, violin, viola, and cello (2019)
the space in which to see draws from a text by Layli Long Soldier (reprinted on the title page with permission). Long Soldier, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work often explores her own indigenous identity. The way Long Soldier uses the concept of “place” and “space” resonated with me as I turned the poem around in my hands and my head. Each movement takes one edge of the poem and presses up against it, amplifying the text or reacting to it. I am grateful to Long Soldier and Graywolf Press for letting me use her text in this work.
Commissioned by Johanna Lundy for the Borderlands Ensemble, and premiered by them in May 2019. The commissioners currently have exclusivity of the work.