Scores for”Diametrically Composed” are starting to come in. I’d love to share with you all some words from Paola Prestini’s contribution “Psithurism, his song”
Psithurism, his song
This work is inspired by the sound of the wind, and stems from the original Greek word meaning to whisper. The complex aspect of motherhood for me stems from the desire to enjoy each moment with my child while balancing the goals I’ve set for myself as an artist and activist. My greatest achievement and the role I judge myself most harshly is in my role as a mother. I continue to strive to be more present in the moments I am gifted as a mother. Yet the complexity of balance is also shaded by the moment we are living in now. The female voice, which is the human voice, is finally being heard. And while I do believe that “Time’s Up”, I also want to continue to do all we can to help our rarified field. And to equalize it not just for women but for all who are marginalized.The years of struggle with little mentorship or guidance for some reason stings rawly now, and so as I reassemble the parts of my life that make me whole, this commission takes on a resonance I did not afford myself to look at before. What does it mean to be artist and mother? How have I balanced it? How has my work benefited from this love?
I gather strength in the fact that I am not the first. If I listen hard enough to my inner compass and acknowledge my peers, the path continues to clear in front of me. This piece is written for my son, to his joy for the wind through the trees, and fallen leaves, and to my whispers to him at night-from the first whispers when you bare your soul to a newborn child, to the whispers when they sleep as they grow older, whispers of hope, love, sadness, and joy. The piano and flute in this piece have equal weight and represent a single unit made of the same fabric, yet with different impulses, different motivic and melodic materials, resembling the bond between mother and son.