|Author: ||Lurie, Toby|
Duets crosses the border of separation between language and music, moulding these disciplines into a single, unified form. As with music, these compositions should be read aloud by two voices in order to fully understand and appreciate the relationships which develop through their various articulations and weavings. These are compositions for the eye and the ear. They explore the musicality of language -- sound, dynamics, color and rhythm, which is its heartbeat. The publication of Duets concludes his quartet of language/music books that also includes Trios, Quartets, and Quintets, all available from Mellen.
"He seems to give us a working model for meaningful communication. We need only read these poems aloud. Read them to and with each other. Indeed, at points, a curious interactivity of the two voices allows us to internalize both as we speak only one. What emerges is something transcendent. . . . The two-part point against point of Duets here expresses a more intimate, and ultimately more revealing interaction." -- from the foreword by Noah Agruss, Composer and Director, New Release Alliance