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Nico Muhly

IMPOSSIBLE THINGS for tenor, violin and string orchestra

Full score

St Rose Music Publishing Co. / Chester Music Ltd.


Commissioned by Britten Sinfonia, Muziekcentrum Frits Philips and Tapiola Sinfonietta. World premiere given at Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven, on 27 January 2010 by Britten Sinfonia, Pekka Kuusisto (violin) and Mark Padmore (tenor). Britten Sinfonia is grateful to Arts Council England for making this commission possible.

Instrumentation: minimum strings count 7.6.5.3.2. Duration: c. 24 minutes Full score in C. Orchestral parts are available on hire from the publisher.

PART I THE HEREAFTER (1892)

JANUARY OF 1904 (1904) Ah this January, this January’s nights,

I believe in the Hereafter. Material appetites or love for the real don’t beguile me. It’s not habit but instinct. The heavenly word will be added

when I sit and refashion in my thoughts those moments and I come upon you, and I hear our final words, and hear the first.

to life’s imperfect sentence, otherwise inane. Respite and reward will follow upon action. When sight is forevermore closed to Creation,

This January’s despairing nights, when the vision goes and leaves me all alone. How swiftly it departs and melts away— the trees go, the streets go, the houses go, the lights go: it fades and disappears, your erotic shape.

the eye will be opened in the presence of the Creator. An immortal wave of life will flow from each and every Gospel of Christ—wave of life uninterrupted.

NEAR AN OPEN WINDOW In the stillness of an autumn night, I sit near an open window, for entire hours, in a perfect, voluptuous tranquillity. The gentle rainfall of the leaves descends. The keening of the perishable world resounds within my perishable nature, but is a dulcet keening, rising like a prayer. My window opens up an unknown world. A fount of fragrant memories, unutterable, appears before me. Against my window wings are beating—chill autumnal exhalations approach me and encircle me and in their holy tongue they speak to me. I feel vague and wide-embracing hopes; and in the hallowed silence of creation, my ears hear melodies, hear the crystalline, the mystic music of the chorus of the stars.

PART II SEPTEMBER OF 1903 (1904) At least let me be deceived by delusions, now, so that I might not feel my empty life. And I was so close so many times. And how I froze, and how I was afraid; why should I remain with lips shut tight; while within me weeps my empty life, and my longings wear their mourning black. To be, so many times, so close to the eyes, and to the sensual lips, to the dreamed of, beloved body. To be, so many times, so close.

PART III 27 JUNE 1906, 2 P. M. (1908) When the Christians brought him to be hanged, the innocent boy of seventeen, his mother, who there beside the scaffold had dragged herself and lay beaten on the ground beneath the midday sun, the savage sun, now would moan, and howl like a wolf, a beast, and then the martyr, overcome, would keen “Seventeen years only you lived with me, my child.” And when they took him up the scaffold’s steps and passed the rope around him and strangled him, the innocent boy, seventeen years old, and piteously it hung inside the void, with the spasms of black agony— the youthful body, beautifully wrought— his mother, martyr, wallowed on the ground and now she keened no more about his years: “Seventeen days only,” she keened, “seventeen days only I had joy of you, my child.”

IMPOSSIBLE THINGS (1897) There is one joy alone, but one that’s blessed, one consolation only in this pain. How many thronging tawdry days were missed because of this ending; how much ennui. A poet has said: “The loveliest music is the one that cannot be played.” And I, I daresay that by far the best life is the one that cannot be lived.

—C.P. CAVAFY translated by Daniel Mendelsohn


for Pekka Kuusisto, Mark Padmore & the Britten Sinfonia

IMPOSSIBLE THINGS Part I The Hereafter, Near an Open Window C.P. Cavafy

Nico Muhly (2009)

translated by Daniel Mendelsohn

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Part II September of 1903, January of 1904

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Vn. I div.

ord.

ord. Vn. II

ord. div. a2

(div. a3)

slight inflection downwards

Va.

f

mfz

p

Vc. div.

Cb.

272

270

3 2

T.

I

froze,

and

how

I

4 4 was

a

saltando

Solo Vn.

3 2

5

sf

6

4 4

mf molto sul pont.

pizz.

arco

sf

272

3 2

4 4

mf pesante

sff

Vn. I

arco

pizz.

sf

molto sul pont.

3 2

mf pesante

sff molto sul pont.

3 2

Vn. II

mf pesante unis., bird chirps behind bridge

3

3

p

mf

4 4

sff

div. a3 poco sul pont.

3 2

Va.

p

4 4

n

4 4 p

3 2

f ord.

4 4

mf

Vc.

3 2

ord.

4 4

mf

Cb.

3 2

ord.

mf

4 4


23 275 T.

277 f

4 4

3 2

fraid;

Why

4 4

Solo Vn.

3 4

4 4

should

3 2

I

re

3 4

4 4

f

277

ord.

4 4

6

3 2

mf

3 4

arco

sff

4 4 ff

f

f

Vn. I

ord.

4 4

mf ord.

4 4

Vn. II

3 2

sff

f

div.

arco

sff

mf

4 4

Va.

arco

3 2

3 2 n

3 4

4 4 ff

3 4

4 4

f

unis.

ff

f

3 4

arco

sff

f

4 4

f

ff

div., arco

4 4

3 2 mf

mf

3 4 sff

4 4

sfp

ff

sfp

Vc.

4 4 mf

mf

sff

4 4

Cb.

arco

3 2

3 4 sfp

ff

3 2

4 4

sfp

ff

mf

281

2 4

T.

main

with

lips

sfp

3 4

mf

mf

4 4

shut

tight;

sfp

4 4 while

2 4

Solo Vn.

with

4 4 sfp

mf molto sul pont.

(div.) Vn. I

sff

Vn. II

sff

Va.

sfp

sfp

sff

2 4

4 4 sff

2 4

4 4

sff

sff

2 4

4 4

2 4

4 4

2 4

4 4

sim.

sim.

Cb.

sfp

4 4

sff

molto sul pont.

sff

2 4

sff

molto sul pont.

Vc.

sim.

in

me


24 288 T.

weeps

my

emp

ty

life,

Solo Vn.

mf

sf ord.

(div.)

p

mf

sul pont.

ord.

sul pont.

ord.

Vn. I

ord.

(div.) Vn. II

(div.)

Vc. div.

Cb.

294

f

mf

T.

and

my

long

ings

wear

their

mourn

ing

black.

Solo Vn.

f

Vn. I

p

ff

p

ff

Vn. II

Vc.

p sub.

ff

p sub.

ff

p sub.

ff

Cb.

300

sempre mf

T.

To

be,

so man y

times,

Solo Vn.

300

sempre mf

div. a3 sul tasto, dolciss.

Vn. I

mf

mf

mp

mp

mp

mf

mp

mp

mp

mf

mp

mp

mp

mf

mp

mp

mp

sul tasto, dolciss.

mf sul tasto, dolciss. Vn. II div. a3

mf sul tasto, dolciss.

mf


25 306 T.

so

close

to

the

eyes,

and

Solo Vn.

Vn. I

mp

mp

pp

mf

pp

mp

mp

pp

mf

pp

mp

mp

pp

mf

pp

mp

mp

pp

mf

pp

Vn. II

313

312

piĂš dolce

T.

to

the

sen

sual

lips,

to

the

dreamed

of,

Solo Vn.

piĂš dolce

313 Vn. I

p

mp

mp

mp

p

mp

mp

mp

p

mp

mp

mp

p

mp

mp

mp

Vn. II

318 T.

be

lov

ed

bod

y.

Solo Vn.

Vn. I

mp

mp

mp

mp

pp

mp

mp

mp

mp

pp

mp

mp

mp

mp

pp

mp

mp

mp

mp

pp

Vn. II


26

324 T.

To

be,

so

man

y

times,

Solo Vn.

(div. a3) Vn. I

Vn. II div. a3

mf

pp

p

mf

pp

p

mf

pp

p

mf

pp

p

senza rit.

328 T.

so

close.

Solo Vn.

senza rit. Vn. I

pp

1 solo - slowly move between open strings, always playing two notes

pp pp very loosely, lazily Vn. II

pp

pp

div., ord.

Va.

mf

pp

mf

Vc.

p

mp

332 Suddenly Slower q = 54, colla voce sempre mp (ossia: 8vb) T.

Ah

this

Jan

u ar

y,

this Jan

u ar

y’s

nights,

332 Suddenly Slower q = 54, colla voce slowly move between open strings, always playing two notes 1 solo

Vn. I

pp very loosely, lazily

gli altri

sempre p

1 solo

Vn. II gli altri

sempre p Va.

p

mp

p


27 338 T.

when I

sit

and re

fash

ion

in my

thoughts

those

mo

ments

and I come

1 solo

Vn. I

gli altri

1 solo

Vn. II

gli altri

Va.

p saltando, gliss.

Vc. div.

pp

6

6

continue playing gestures, do not synchronize with other players

pp

6

continue playing gestures, do not synchronize with other players

344 T.

on

you,

and

I

hear

our

fi

nal

words,

and hear

344

Vn. I

Vn. II

Va.

pp

Vc.

mp

p

the first.

up


28 353

350 T.

loco Solo Vn.

3

mp - molto espress.

3

3

7

3

353

1 solo

Vn. I

gli altri

1 solo

Vn. II

gli altri

Va.

mp

p

mp

p 1, 2 pizz.

pp space gestures more distantly

Vc. div.

p

pp space gestures more distantly

pp

6

6

unis. pizz.

Cb.

p

355

3

loco

3

Solo Vn.

mp

3

mf

Vn. I

Vn. II

Va.

mp

Vc.

Cb.

p

5


29 362 T.

This Jan

b

u

ar

y’s

des pair

ing

nights,

when the vi sion

Solo Vn.

pp

(p)

362 1 solo

Vn. I gli altri

1 solo

Vn. II gli altri

Va.

p

pp

mp

Vc. div.

Cb.

368

370

5

T.

and leaves me all a lone.

How swift

ly

it

de parts

and melts

a

370

Vn. I

Vn. II

Va.

p

Vc.

Cb.

mp

p

mp

way–

goes


30 374 T.

the trees

go,

the streets

go,

the hous es

go,

the lights go:

it

1 solo

Vn. I gli altri

1 solo

(tutti)

Vn. II gli altri

dolciss. Va.

pp

mf

pp

Vc. div.

Cb.

380

3

T.

fades

and dis ap pears,

your

e

rot

ic

shape.

pizz. arco

pizz.

arco

Solo Vn.

380

5

mp

6

Vn. I

6

mp

Vn. II div.

6

p

6

3

mp

6

p

mp

p

Va.

mp

unis. Vc.

Cb.

384 Solo Vn.

3

p (tutti) Vn. I

6

mp

Vn. II

3

p

6

3

p

3

mp

ppp

3

p

ppp Va.

pp

mp

pp


31

Part III 27 June, 1906, 2 pm; Impossible Things q = 92-96, moving 390 1., pizz.

3 4

Contrabass

4 4

3 4

p

half section arco sul tasto

397

4 4

Vc.

3 4

p

mp

1.

Cb. div.

2. pizz.

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

p

404

4 4

Va.

3 4

unis.

pp

pp Vc. div.

arco sul tasto

5

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

5

p

Cb.

411 Vn. I

4 4

3 4

sul pont.

pp Va.

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

p div., ord.

Vc.

Cb.

p

p

5


32

418

p

4 4

T.

When the Christ ians

brought him

div. ord.

418

3 4

Vn. I

pp unis. Vn. II

pp Va.

Vc.

Cb. div.

3 to be hanged,

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

425

424

4 4

T.

his moth er,

the in no cent

who there

be side the

3 scaf

fold

had

425 Vn. I

3 dragged her

boy

of sev en

teen,

3 4 self

and lay beat en

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

on

p Vn. II

p

arco

pp

Cb.

sfp

4 4

pp

sf

432

430

be neath the

mid day

Solo Vn.

mf

pp

432 Vn. I

p

4 4

T.

pp

3 4

pp

sun,

3 4 the sav age sun,

now

would moan,

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

mf

p

Vn. II

p Va.

p div. Vc.

p pizz.

Cb.

p

3

the ground


33 437

2 4

3 4

2 4

3 4

2 4

3 4

arco

2 4

3 4

pizz.

2 4

3 4

3

T.

and howl like a wolf,

a beast,

and then the mar

tyr,

o ver come,

would keen

div. Va.

sfp (div.)

Vc.

sfp

Cb.

arco

444

3 4

T.

“Sev

en

teen

years

Sev

en

teen

3 4

Solo Vn.

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

444 div.

3 4

Vn. I

sub. p

3 4

Vn. II

div.

sub. p

3 4

Va.

3 4

Vc.

unis.

sub. p

p

446 T.

years

on

ly

you

lived

with

me,

my

Solo Vn.

6

Vn. I

Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6


34

Moving Slightly q = 60 448

450

T.

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

457

4 4

child.�

Solo Vn.

pp

f

4 4 p

Moving Slightly q = 60 448

450

Vn. I

Vn. II

Va.

457

4 4

3 4

4 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

4 4

3 4

4 4 mf intense

4 4

Vc.

2. pizz.

3 4

4 4

Cb.

4 4 tutti arco

3 4

mp

459 Vn. II

4 4

f

464 unis.

3 4

4 4

mp

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

mp

4 4

Va.

3 4

1 sola

mp rich

mfz

4 4

Cb.

mf

3 4

mp

4 4 sf

p

mp

471

468

3 4

Vn. II

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

pp

Va.

p

Vc.

mp

f

mp

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

mf

Cb.

p

3

mf

mf


35 474 T.

3 4 And

3 when

they took

him

up

the

scaf fold’s

steps

and

passed

the rope

a

(1 sola)

3 4

Va.

3

f

3

mp

3 4

Vc.

f

p

sfp

f

p

sfp

3 4

Cb.

478

4 4

T.

round him

and

3 4

stran gled him,

the

478

flautando

4 4

1 sola

mf

Va.

p

le altre

in no cent

boy,

sev

en

teen

years

3 4 5

5

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

5

3

p div. Vc.

p 1. arco 2. pizz. Cb.

p

485

483

4 4

T.

3 and pit eous ly

old,

it

hung

in

485

4 4

div. Vn. I

p

mp

4 4

div. a3 Vn. II

mp

1, 2, ord.

Va.

5

3

3

3

4 4

mp tutti div.

3.

mp

5

5

4 4 5

4 4

Vc.

4 4

Cb.

mp


36 487 T.

3

4 4 side

Vn. I

Vn. II

the

void,

3 4

with the

spa

4 4

(div.)

3 4

4 4

(div. a3)

3 4

3 of black ag

sms

o

ny

mf

Va. div. a3

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

mf

5

5 5

5

4 4

Vc.

4 4

Cb.

unis. 5

mp 5

3 4

5

5

5

5

3 4 492

490

4 4

T.

the

youth

ful

bod

y,

beau

3 ti

ful

ly

wrought–

his moth

3 4

er,

492 Vn. I

mar

tyr,

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

4 4

3 4

pp div. a2 Vn. II

pp

pp

Va.

5

5

Vc.

pp

5

Cb.

pp

495 T.

very freely

3 4 3 wal lowed

Vn. I

on

the

ground

and

now

she keened no

more

a

bout

his

3 8

G.P.

4 4

3 8

G.P.

4 4

3 years:

3 4 f

Vn. II

3 4

3 8

4 4

3 8

4 4

3 8

4 4

3 8

4 4

f Va.

3 4 f

Vc.

Cb.

3 4 3 4

f

f


37 500 Slightly Faster q = 74

4 4

T.

“sev en teen days

on

ly,”

she

keened,

4 4

Solo Vn.

mf

n

mp

f

500 Slightly Faster q = 74

4div. a3 4

Vn. I

p

f

p

f

p

f

p

f

p

div. a3

4 4

Vn. II

p div. a3

4 4

Va.

p div. a3

4 4

Vc.

p

504 T.

“sev en teen days

on ly

I had joy

of

you,

my

child.”

Solo Vn.

mp

mf

Vn. I

f

mf

p

p

mf

f

mf

p

p

mf

f

mf

p

p

mf

Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

f

511 Solo Vn.

mp

Vn. I

p

ppp

p

f

p

f

p

p

ppp

p

f

p

f

p

p

ppp

f

p

f

p

Vn. II

Va.

mf

mf

p


38

520 Solo Vn.

3

mp

3

520 1 solo Vn. I

p

1 solo

p Vn. II

parlando* gli altri

p

1 sola

p

Va.

parlando* le altre

p

1 solo

p

Vc.

parlando* gli altri

p

div. arco, slow tremolo; almost measured

Cb.

p

mf

p

mf

526 Solo Vn.

3 4

3

mf

p

3

3 4

Vn. I

3 4 Vn. II

non div.

3 4 3 4

Va.

3 4 3 4

Vc.

3 4 3 4

Cb.

p

mf

*loose plainchant on given pitches

p

mf

p

mf

p


39 532

4 4

Solo Vn.

536

3

p

mf

536

(1 solo)

4 4

Vn. I

mfz

4 4

1 solo

mfz Vn. II

4 4

gli altri

unis.

mfz

4 4

1 sola

mfz

Va.

4 4

le altre

mfz

4 4

1 solo

mfz

Vc.

4 4

gli altri

mfz (div.)

4 4

Cb.

tremolos get faster from here

mf

p

mf

538 Solo Vn.

mp

Vn. I

Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

Cb.

p

mf

p

mf

p

mf


40 544 Solo Vn.

f

sf

p dolciss.

(1 solo) Vn. I

1 solo

Vn. II

div.

unis.

gli altri

1 sola

Va. le altre

1 solo

Vc. gli altri

(div.)

norm. speed

Cb.

p

mf

p

mf

p

mf

p

552 New tempo q = 120 off the string Solo Vn.

mp

552 New tempo q = 120 tutti, off the string Vn. I

mp tutti, off the string Vn. II

mp tutte, off the string Va.

mp Cb.

mp

mp

556

mf

mp

mf

T.

There is

Solo Vn.

Vn. I

Vn. II

Va.

Cb.

mp

mf

mp

one

joy

a

lone,

but one

that's

blessed,

mf


41 560 T.

one

con

so

la

tion

on

ly

in

this

pain.

Solo Vn.

Vn. I

Vn. II

Va.

564 T.

How

man y throng

ing

taw dry days

were missed

3 be cause of this

Solo Vn.

Vn. I

Vn. II

Va.

568 T.

end

ing;

how much

en

nui.

pizz. Solo Vn.

n

p

Vn. I

Vn. II

Va.

571 T.

A

arco Solo Vn.

f

p

f

Vn. I div.

sempre mp

Vn. II

po

et

has


42 577

575 T.

said:

“The

love

li

est

mu

sic

is

Solo Vn.

sf

sf

6

mp

6

577

Vn. I div.

Vn. II

Va.

mp

579 T.

the one

that can not

be played.�

Solo Vn.

n

sf

mf

unis. Vn. I

Vn. II

Va.

583 T.

And

I,

I

dare

say

Solo Vn.

pp

Vn. I div.

choose any note, gently swell, fade; repeat al fine, change pitch ad lib.

Vn. II div.

choose any note, gently swell, fade; repeat al fine, change pitch ad lib. Va.


43 588

587 T.

that

by

far

the

best

life

Solo Vn.

f

p

588

Vn. I div.

Vn. II div.

Va.

pizz. gliss.

mf

Vc. tutti div.

5

mf

5

mp unis., ord. Cb.

mp

593

591 T.

that can not

be lived.

Solo Vn.

mf

593

Vn. I

Vn. II

Va.

Vc.

mf

mf Cb.

mf

5

is

the one


44

595 Solo Vn.

sff

f

Vn. I div.

(non cresc.)

f

Vn. II div.

(non cresc.)

non div.

Va.

p

mf

Vc. div.

mf

5

f

mf

f

mf

Cb.

599 Solo Vn.

p

Vn. I

ff

ppp

Vn. II

ff

ppp

Va.

p

Vc.

Cb.

mf

p

mf

5

mf

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