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In a House Besieged | STACY GARROP • COMPOSER

In a House Besieged


The Crossing has exclusive performance rights until 9/20/22 and exclusive recording rights until 7/20/23.

DURATION
28'

INSTRUMENTATION
SATB (div.) and organ

AUTHOR OF TEXT
Lydia Davis

YEAR COMPOSED
2021

COMMISSIONER
Commissioned by the Cleveland Museum of Art, with generous support of the Musart Society, in honor of Robert G. Schneider. Written for The Crossing, Donald Nally, and Scott Dettra.

HOW TO LIST ON CONCERT PROGRAM
In a House Besieged
Prologue
I. A Natural Disaster
II. Almost No Memory
III. The Cottages: 2. Lillian
IV. Order
V. In a House Besieged
Epilogue

PROGRAM NOTE
In a House Besieged features several short stories by contemporary American writer Lydia Davis that reflect the fear and anxiety that accompany the aging process. We see our homes and the world around us crumble and decay with time; can we admit that our bodies and minds will do the same? If we are lucky enough to grow old, will we remember who we are?

The piece presents five stories over the course of five movements, each highlighting various aspects of the aging process. Two additional fragments woven between these movements serve as a prologue, a series of interludes, and an epilogue. One fragment consists of the sounds someone makes while trying to recall how to pronounce the word “woman.” The other fragment, when fully heard at the end of the piece, illustrates the rising apprehension a person experiences with the onset and progression of dementia.

Texts are excerpted or used in full; they are taken from the following short stories: "Suddenly Afraid," "The Busy Road," "A Natural Disaster," "Almost No Memory," "The Cottages: 2. Lillian," "Order," and "In a House Besieged.”

-S.G.