The Poem for Violin
is the earliest piece that I'd still call my own; I wrote it in college, and revised it shortly after I graduated. I composed it for Keir GoGwilt. Keir and I share a double interest in music and words (poetry, essays, critical theory), and this piece is a duet for music (the violin) and words (the accompanying poem). It is also a duet for sound and silence: in the score, there are two lines — the violin's notes and the poem's words. The poem unfolds in time alongside the music, and while the piece can be performed simply as a piece of music, ideally the poem is projected onto a screen, word by word, at the pace specified in the score. The music and words "talk to" one another — they seem to be reaching for one another across the invisible, fluid boundary that separates the two media, examining one another with mutual longing and fascination.
— Matthew Aucoin