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SCORE FOR THE AUDIENCE

 


SCORE FOR THE AUDIENCE

 

-         Miriam Sagan (U.S.A.)

 

 

I’d like to compose a piece of music

for the audience:

 

a cough, 3 in a row,

the noise of small random objects

dropping out of a purse or pocket

sighs

and unsilenced cell phones

going off in patterned ring tones—

a bird call, the opening notes of a

Golden Oldie,

chimes, church bells.

 

Add in construction from the street,

the gas company

retro-fitting lines

as noisy as if the road crew

were attempting to excavate Atlantis or

Mycenae but in the wrong location.

 

Now, add in a car alarm.

 

Sounds get wilder and wilder.

The audience applauds

between movements, between notes

while on stage the orchestra

murmurs “bravo!”

in its sleep.

 

 

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