SZYMBORSKA'S MUSE

Hyo-shin Na

SZYMBORSKAíS MUSE
(2001)

for taegeum and piri

This piece was written for Chung-seung Kim and Chiwan Park, and is related to the poem "Nothing Twice" by Wislawa Szymborska. Each time certain musical materials are repeated, they are played differently. Many of the details are left for the performers to decide while playing the piece, so that "nothing can ever happen twice".

 

Nothing Twice

Wislawa Szymborska

Nothing can ever happen twice.
In consequence, the sorry fact is
that we arrive here improvised
and leave without the chance to practice.

Even if there is no one dumber,
if youíre the planetís biggest dunce,
you canít repeat the class in summer:
this course is only offered once.

No day copies yesterday,
no two nights will teach what bliss is
in precisely the same way,
with exactly the same kisses.

One day, perhaps, some idle tongue
mentions your name by accident:
I feel as if a rose were flung
Into the room, all hue and scent.

The next day, though youíre here with me,
I canít help looking at the clock:
A rose? A rose? What could that be?
Is it a flower or a rock?

Why do we treat the fleeting day
with so much needless fear and sorrow?
Itís in its nature not to stray:
Today is always gone tomorrow.

With smiles and kisses, we prefer
to seek accord beneath our star,
although weíre different (we concur)
just as two drops of water are.

 
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