Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Soul of a Viola

Furnished with the smoky alto
tessitura, timbre of the viol –
burnished by its ancient shadow
and inviolable mystery –

and yet the instrument that
Mozart chose to play in a quartet;
intimate with human dissonance
and syncopation – pressed

against the beat – the bleat
and pull – caress, distress –
the beckoning ambivalence
of hemiola: the soul of a viola.


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