Mezzo-soprano and instrumental ensemble [10 musicians]
Bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, flugelhorn, percussion, accordion, mandoloncello, guitar, harp, cello and double bass

LIBRETTO • Lisa Samuels

DURATION • 12 minutes

EDITOR • Edited by the composer

COMMISSION • Co-commission of the Ensemble C Barré and Radio France

RADIO PREMIERE • Radio France, Emission Alla breve 2014

CONCERT PREMIERE • April 24, 2015 at the Théâtre Durance, Château-Arnoux (04), by Marie-George Monet (mezzo-soprano), and Ensemble C Barré, conducted by Sébastien Boin

Alla breve

Poem in five parts

Listening for you listening notes

for right to seek up futures as a buffer against permanence

can you make actuality not a matter of argument

I’m sirry I’m political

ready to drag down

changeable as the crew people

jumping in to small boats showing their interest
without necessary attributes to be

hot, so hot

sirrah listening to the heart boats bombing


are you new to the names amidst your hectares

get along

new to your improves on several hats beside the year’s
tasted aperture months ready to open

pour in

astonished to discover mouths underneath the boats

craggy as fashionable creamy broody belts in range
out of range

the edges of the heart mouths

totally unsteady drama groovy coming along worth trying
to sell our inherited personalities for



when people came here they planted themselves

in utterly familiar and hills

coming along at the edges of the heart

mouths planting the recognizable in water at the moment

falling through the atlas trope sway

comprehensive for another album of highlights

everybody getting a little somefin

a tiny mouthful louche

over the skin of the teeth

a point especially clear when terms of value broken
across the example becomes

clear a like simple economy of scale

transient as the top blend came on



a simple feat hot off the head as hundreds rippled
like scales real as existence

marbles tottling on the edges of the site

kept at it fully every rim

consistent turning square to diamante pusher

folly coming along saying

flask as catskin blueberry

rich or cast

is it what you expectation frag there

slightly animistic with an absolute forearm
or what it means to compromise with cultural life
as you make room


make room stead skulldigger
in a roaring mind

the trophy on your head

your own juggy code out at the stuck

late skin in show

I often kilter or a separately repeated

to see how it changes a man

with a fixed expression in plastics

a cast as what you expectation frag there



© Lisa Samuels