Performed by invoke string quartet on 16 February 2019 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier.
Performed by Julius String Quartet on 5 October 2020.
MovementsIf half this ended, and half did not...
Invisible cities, mirages and dreams
If half this ended, and half did not,
I would both end and never end,
Leaving half the grasper,
Dead and half undead,
Half the grasped destroyed,
I may believe that objects of the senses,
Are the foundations of desire,
But they are like invisible cities,
Mirages and dreams.
[from the translation by Stephen Batchelor, Verses from the Center, Riverhead Books, New York (2000), used with permission]
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