for string quartet (c. 5')
No Unsacred Spaces takes its name from "How to Be a Poet," by Wendell Berry. Written as part of a collection of so-called "Sabbath poems," he would often take walks onto the land on Sunday mornings to clear his mind. In his own words, "I go free from the tasks and intentions of my workdays, and so my mind becomes hospitable to unintended thoughts: to what I am very willing to call inspiration." This music is both a celebration and eulogy to the spaces I can find in my head when I forcibly separate myself from my work, the rigmarole of everyday life, and social interaction. This is when I allow myself to experience feelings that I may have temporarily shelved during the day. This time may not only be spent on self-praise and care, but also a time when I can allow myself to feel the emotions of loss and self-discovery.
premiered and written for JACK Quartet as part of New Music on the Point 2021
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