EUREKA: Since all this is undeniable monodrama for speaking cellist, May 2016
EUREKA: Since all this is undeniable is a monodrama on one’s various efforts to communicate the/their most solemn of truths; adapted from E. A. Poe’s cosmological, aspirational text, 'Eureka: A Prose Poem' or 'Eureka: An Essay on the Material and Spiritual Universe,' which, before publication in book form, was delivered as a lecture in New York on 3 February 1848. The instrumental sound in this piece is a structured improvisation guided by interpretive/expressive notes, fragments of music, and graphic notation in a script-like format.
To the few who love me and whom I love—to those who feel rather than those who think—to the dreamers and those who put faith in dreams as in the only realities—I offer this Book of Truths, not in its character of Truth-Teller, but for the Beauty that abounds in its Truth, ; constituting it True. To these I present the composition as an Art-Product alone:—
In the beginning, let me as distinctly as possible announce—not the theorem which I hope to demonstrate—for, whatever the mathematicians may assert, there is, in this world at least, no such thing as demonstration, but the ruling idea which, throughout this volume, I shall be continually endeavoring to suggest.
This, it will be said, is nonsense; and perhaps it is:—indeed I think it very capital nonsense—but forego all claim to it as nonsense of mine.