Daniel Dockery

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July 28th, 2010

Borges, “El laberinto” y “El suicida”

Zeus no podría desatar las redes
de piedra que me cercan. He olvidado
los hombres que antes fui; […]
Sé que en la sombra hay Otro, cuya suerte
es fatigar las largas soledades
que tejen y destejen este Hades
y ansiar mi sangre y devorar mi muerte.
Nos buscamos los dos. Ojalá fuera
éste el último día de la espera.

No quedará en la noche una estrella.
No quedará la noche.
Moriré y conmigo la suma
Del intolerable universo.
Borraré las pirámides, las medallas,
Los continentes y las caras.
Borraré la acumulación del pasado.
Haré polvo la historia, polvo el polvo.
Estoy mirando el último poniente.
Oigo el último pájaro.
Lego la nada a nadie.

[This piece is not currently available online.]

A fragment, inspired by the preceding Borges and named “Nada a Nadie” for the last line, which I once meant to complete. I no longer have such expectations and present here only the surviving trifle, so truly lego la “Nada a Nadie”.

Saint-Saëns

May 25th, 2005

Enchanted by Camille Saint-Saëns’s work for solo piano, “Carillon”, I recently decided to have a go at arranging the work for different instrumentations, resulting in both an orchestral arrangement and an arrangment for string quintet (2vn, va, vc, cb). In the end I think each, these as well as the piano original, has a certain charm of its own, though perhaps I’m biased: what do you think?

A third addition, I have also arranged Saint-Saëns’ Toccata (Op. 72, no. 3) as a work for string quintet (the original having been, again, for solo piano).

All three may, as usual, be heard on Last.FM.

Daniel Dockery

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Home of published musician, recording artist, mathematician, programmer, translator, artist, classicist, and general polymath.