AD RES MODICAS CONSERVANDAS
Aliquando facilius est illos invenire
iuxta semitas umbrosas et silvas apertas
quam in codicem.
Cum boletos primum expertus sim,
Fraga autem non aderant—fraga
fera; sed boleti solum.
Mutationes de nomenclatura fortisan periculis occurrant.
In scientia boletorum,
boletus quidam nondum editus
Sometimes it’s easier to find them / near shaded paths and open woods / than in field guides. …
To Keep Things Reasonable is the English title of a poem commissioned by David Young, for a vocal work he composed in 2007 for The Song Company and Ensemble Offspring. To acknowledge The Song Company’s skill in the performance of early music, and to point up the implied reference to mycological taxonomy, the poem was translated into Latin by Neville Chiavaroli, with the title Ad Res Modicas Conservandas. Young set the latin text, scoring the work for mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass, viola and percussion. As with Young’s colourful graphic score, which includes fragments from diagrams and technical photographs of fungi, the poem can be characterised as a playful homage to John Cage’s lifelong fascination with mushrooms, chance and indeterminacy.
Press & Reviews
- 19 July: (ABC recording) ABC Classic FM 105.9 radio broadcast in the program New Music Up Late; read more
- 15 September: Sydney, CarriageWorks, conducted by Roland Peelman, part of CAGE UNCAGED presented by The Song Company and Ensemble Offspring in association with the New Music Network and CarriageWorks
CAGE UNCAGED program, CarriageWorks (2007); read here
Carey, Danielle, ‘Claire Edwardes: Loud, Soft and With Feeling’, RealTime no. 81 (2007) p. 14; read here
Kouvaras, Linda Ioanna, Loading the Silence: Australian Sound Art in the Post-Digital Age (Burlington VT: Ashagte, 2013), pp. 182–83; 229
Lesnie, Melissa, ‘A Compendium of Cage: Whales, Mushrooms and Hymns’ [review of CAGE UNCAGED], Resonate, 29 October 2007; read here
McCallum, Peter, ‘Still Pushing the Boundaries’ [review of CAGE UNCAGED], Sydney Morning Herald, 17 September 2007; read here
Plush, Vincent, ‘Ready for a Touch of Circus’ [review of CAGE UNCAGED], The Australian, 17 September 2007; read here
Turner, Steve Sweeney, and John Cage, ‘John Cage’s Practical Utopias: John Cage in Conversation with Steve Sweeney Turner’, The Musical Times, vol. 131, no. 1771 (1990), pp. 469–72
Young, David, To Keep Things Reasonable, trio for mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass with chamber ensemble, 2007; courtesy of the Australian Music Centre, view a score sample here